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06 May 2020
“Capacity building in the fight against wildlife crime is integral in the promotion of domestic and international tourism”, said the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife, Michael Usi, at the Malawi Police College in Zomba where he officially concluded six weeks of advanced training for 12 Intelligence and Investigation Officers, from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.
The aim of the course was to better equip the officers to bolster anti-poaching initiatives and disrupt wildlife crime.
The Wildlife Rangers, who work in and around Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve, were trained in, amongst other things, the introduction to intelligence, principles of intelligence, intelligence cycle, intelligence and transnational organised crime.
The comprehensive training also included, investigations and interviewing skills, collection of evidence, understanding evidence, law of evidence, operation planning, recruitment of human resource, surveillance, informer management and human rights, to mention a few.
The Minister challenged the officers to treat these skills with discipline and integrity, as Malawi is endowed with a rich biodiversity, characterised by the number of species, diverse habitat and ecosystems that provide a range of bio-network goods and services that are vital in the socio-economic development of the country.
Further, the Minister said that discipline is crucial in intelligence and investigations and therefore the officers should not dilute their skills into public knowledge and avoid mingling with poachers.
The training was financed by the German Government through KfW, in partnership with Peace Parks Foundation, through the Malawi-Zambia Transfrontier Conservation Project (Transfrontier Management Unit).