No rhino poaching reported since May: Tweya

WINDHOEK: Minister of Information and Communication Technology Tjekero Tweya says there is no rhino and elephant poaching incident reported since May this year.

Speaking at the media conference on Cabinet decisions Tuesday, Tweya thanked the cooperation of the law enforcement agency and members of the public to curb the illegal hunting of wildlife.

He said the Etosha National Park, Bwabwata national park and Palmwag Tourism Concession Area’s security in wildlife protection have been placed with Namibian Police Force.

Tweya said the officials of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism will continue to work closely with the police in wildlife crime prevention and law enforcement.

The Minister congratulated the community members, traditional leaders, regional councilors and parliamentarians in affected areas in the fight against illegal hunting and cooperation with security forces in routing of crime.

“We thank the Inspector General of the Namibian Police Sebastian Ndeitunga and the team of dedicated and competent officials led by the Regional Commander of the Oshana Police, Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa and Ministry of Environment and Tourism officials who jointly made the operation a resounding success,” he said.

The Anti-poaching operation campaign started in June this year and is due to end at the end of next month and so far about 24 people were arrested in connection of hunting protected game between 2008 and 2015.

The group appeared in Okahao Magistrate court before magistrate Liwena Mikiti on Thursday.

Their case was postponed to 07 September 2015 for them to obtain legal aid and to allow for further police investigations.

The suspects are accused of killing rhinoceros in or near the Etosha National Park in the regions of Oshana, Omusati and Kunene during the specified period.