Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Minister, Bintony Kutsaira, has warned against poaching activities in wildlife conservation areas, saying the law would take its course on culprits.
“There is a new wildlife law with stiffer penalties. We have added the number of rangers to ensure that any poacher who tries to invade our reserved places should be captured and punished. Be assured, we are ready to encounter poaching and we will arrest them to make sure that our animals are safe,” he said on Friday.
Meanwhile, the ministry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Africa on the cooperation of rhinoceros conservation and management.
The MoU will facilitate the donation of 18 rhino or more from South Africa’s government to Liwonde National Park
Kutsaira said the MoU is an effort to revive rhinos population; hence, boosting the country’s tourism sector.
“These animals went into extinction due to poaching so the re-introduction will make National Park one of the major tourism attractions,” he said
South Africa High Commissioner to Malawi, Ahlangene Sigcau, hoped that the development would boost Malawi’s tourism sector and create jobs.
“I am very happy to hear that the animals will be highly protected,” he said.
Rhinos were introduced to Liwonde National Park in 1993 through a donation from the South African government.