President Peter Mutharika has met Prince Harry of the United Kingdom (UK) who was visiting Malawi and UK government has announced it will soon send its soldiers to train local game rangers on the protection of wildlife animals.
The President met the prince at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe where they reportedly discussed a shared commitment to the protection and development of ecosystems and wildlife and the role organisations like African Parks can play.
Mutharika maintained that the relationship between Malawi and UK, through Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her successive governments, has proven Britain, Malawi’s former colonial master, to be a reliable partner for many years.
Prince Harry, the fifth in line in the British monarchy, has since left the country after witnessing another translocation exercise of the elephants days earlier.
Speaking in Liwonde after witnessing the last leg of translocating 250 elephants from Liwonde National Park to Nkhotakota Game Reserve, British High Commissioner Holly Tett said British soldiers will come to conduct the training.
“This is a clear demonstration that Britain is committed to preserving wild animals in Malawi,” said Tett.
She said this was why Prince Harry was in the country to witness the translocation of the elephants.
Director of Parks and Wildlife Brighton Kunchedwa welcomed Britain’s gesture, saying the K2 billion translocation exercise is a clear manifesto that Britain was committed to ensure wild animals are safe.
Africa Parks director Patricio Ndadzera said the translocation of the elephants is aimed at making Nkhotakota game reserve attractive to tourists inorder to spur economic development in the country. At least 1000 elephants have now been translocated to Nkhotakota Game Reserve after all its animals were killed by poachers.