In a quest to combat wildlife crime in Malawi, Malawi Police Service(MPS) embarked on a five day training which aimed at building capacity and acquiring new skills in the modern fight against wildlife crime.
The training which was supported by United States Fish and Wildlife Centre and Lilongwe Wildlife Centre was attended by people from Tanzania, Botswana, United States of America, just to mention afew.
Addressing the participants on Monday at Central Region Police Training Centre, Deputy Commissioner of Police John Nyondo said it is time wildlife crime was defeated in Africa.
“Cases of poaching have been ongoing in the continent despite several interventions in place. Our elephants have been killed for their precious ivories and it’s very pathetic,” said Nyondo.
“This has come at the right time when Malawi is still going through challenges in terms of protection of wildlife of various species.
“It will be ideal for you participants to take this opportunity as an eye-opener regarding on how best the challenge can be overcome, not only for the benefit of MPS but for the betterment of the country and beyond,” pointed out Nyondo.
Coordinator for Wildlife Investigations for African countries, Samuel Friberg, commended Malawi Police Service for its stance on wildlife crime fight.
“Apart from equipping wildlife investigators with necessary skills, this training will also help to progress other criminal investigations,” observed Friberg, who is based in Tanzania .
In his remarks, MPS service training officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police Josiah Kanthiti asked the participants to utilise skills gained from the workshop.
He further appealed for collective efforts among the participating countries.
“We are living in a global village, therefore it’s high time we came together as one to discuss and share knowledge, experience and expertise on how to counterattack criminals across the globe, global problems require global solutions,” added Kanthiti.
Poaching has been a challenge in Africa, particularly in Malawi where elephants are slaughtered for their tusks.