The Malawi government through the ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining has warned park officials who help poachers to kill wild animals that they will face consequences.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of newly trained park rangers, Principal Secretary in the ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Kester Kaphaizi said Malawi is losing a lot of money due to the decrease in number of tourists visiting the parks.
He said the decrease has come about because there are few animals in the parks. The principal secretary disclosed that elephants have decreased from 4000 to 2000 in Malawi’s parks.
Kaphaizi further said that government will bring to book all officers perpetrating poaching in parks of the country.
During the ceremony 28 officers graduated from Liwonde National Park, with expectations of having more in three months time.
Earlier this year, President Peter Mutharika launched the anti-poaching campaign aimed at sensitizing the public on then need to stop killing animals in parks.
The campaign has witnessed Mutharika and diplomats speaking out against poaching and other wildlife crimes.