Nampol Deputy Inspector-General James Tjivikua has reiterated his call to members of the general public to come forward with information related to the illegal slaughter and poaching of rhinos.
Tjivikua made the call while witnessing the handing and taking over of the next phase of the ongoing anti-poaching project recently.
“These illegal activities impact negatively on our socio-economic development and endanger the existence of our unique species of animals, which are at the centre of our tourism attraction,” Tjivikua said.
He congratulated the Oshikoto Regional Commander, Commissioner Anna-Marie Nainda, who is the outgoing Gold Commander of the project, and her team, for the excellent performance and successes achieved during the three months of intense ant-poaching operations.
He highlighted some of the achievements by Nainda and her team as eight accused persons that were arrested on miscellaneous charges of rhino poaching-related incidents, and the 12 firearms that were confiscated in areas adjacent to the Etosha National Park and sent for ballistic examinations.
Also among other achievements were the three carcasses of rhinos discovered with their horns still intact. “Through further investigations, bullet heads were recovered from the said carcasses,” he said.
Furthermore, he said, during the said period under review a total of six rhino horns were confiscated in Windhoek from the eight accused and preliminary investigations suggested that the horns originated from rhinos poached in Etosha.
Also, he said, rhino horns were seized by the Zambian authorities from a Namibian national and two Zambians during their arrest.
He said it was determined the horns originated from a rhino which was dehorned and micro-chipped in 2014 in Etosha.
Otjozondjupa Regional Commander Commissioner Armas Shivute is the incoming Gold Commander of the fifth phase of the anti-poaching project in Etosha.