The British government on Monday donated computers worth K11 million to Malawi to help in combating wildlife crime in the country.
The donation follows Malawi government’s commitment to end wild life crime in the country.
Despite the economic woes Malawi is going through, the country burned ivory worth billions of kwacha, sending a message of its anti-wildlife crime stance to the world.
Recently, the Malawi President Peter Mutharika launched an anti-wildlife crime video which will be shown on the state broadcaster television and the county’s airports.
In the video, Mutharika together with fifteen ambassadors have given a strong warning against poaching wildlife animals.
Reacting to Malawi’s stance, the British government through its ambassador Michael Nevin has donated the computers to help in fighting wildlife crime.
Receiving the computers during a ceremony in Lilongwe, Inspector General of Police Lexten Kachama said wildlife crime has grave economic implications for the country and he advised people to start taking wildlife crimes seriously.
The donation is a component of a grant from the British Government under the ‘Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund,’ to Department of National Parks and Wildlife and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).
The RSPCA will implement several initiatives in Malawi to help the nation deal with poaching wildlife animals in reserved places in the country.
The initiative include community awareness around national parks and provision of four training courses targeting the Malawi Revenue Authority, Malawi Police Service, Judiciary and Department of National Parks and Wildlife.