By Mathews Kasanda:
The Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) hopes the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex’s three-day visit to Malawi would help promote the country’s wildlife conservation and tourism.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of Britain are set to jet in Malawi on Sunday to, among other errands, pay tribute to Matthew Talbot, a British soldier who was killed by an elephant while on an anti-poaching duty at Liwonde National Park, Machinga District, in May 2019.
DNPW Director, Brighton Kumchedwa, said the royal couple’s visit to Malawi shows that wildlife is important.
“It is very commendable for Malawi to gain this status for the purposes of promoting wildlife conservation and raise its profile,” Kumchedwa said.
He said the visit would help promote wildlife and attract tourists to Malawi.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will fly to the park on September 30 to, among others, witness anti-poaching demonstrations.
The royal couple would then dedicate the park—which African Parks manages—and the adjoining Mangochi Forest to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
The couple will also visit Mauwa Health Centre where the United Kingdom and the United States governments supported solar-powered storage units to provide life-saving medicines.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on an official visit of Southern African countries from September 23 to October 2.
The royal couple is in South Africa will proceed to Botswana, Angola and Rwanda before coming to Malawi.
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