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Police hone skills in wildlife crime fight

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Malawi Police Service (MPS) has embarked on a five-day training aimed at building capacity and acquiring new skills in the modern fight against wildlife crime.

The training, with support from United States Fish and Wildlife Centre and Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, drew participants from Tanzania, Botswana, United States of America, among other countries.

Speaking yesterday at Central Region Police Training Centre, Deputy Commissioner of Police, John Nyondo, said it is time wildlife crime was defeated in Africa.

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“Cases of poaching have been ongoing on the continent despite several interventions in place. Our elephants have been killed for their precious ivory and it’s very pathetic,” Nyondo said.

He, however, hailed the training workshop describing it as timely.

“This has come at a right time when the country [Malawi] is still going through challenges in terms of protection of wildlife of various species.

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“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,” Nyondo said.

Coordinator for Wildlife Investigations in Africa, Samuel Friberg, commended MPS for its stance on wildlife crime fight.

“Apart from equipping wildlife investigators with wildlife skills, this training will also help progress other criminal investigations,” said Friberg, who is based in Botswana.

In his remarks, MPS service training officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police Josiah Kanthiti asked the participants to utilise skills gained from the workshop.

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