Shoot to kill poachers  – Malawi legislators  

Members of Parliament Wednesday proposed an inclusion of a shoot to kill poachers’ regulation to the national parks and wildlife Bill amendment.

Belekanyama: Shhot to kill poachers

Belekanyama: Shhot to kill poachers

The proposal is in relation to the increased poaching cases of the country’s wildlife particularly in National parks, game reserves and other protected places.

Member of Parliament for Lilongwe Msinja South, Lingston Belekanyama while debating on the Bill said the country’s precious spices continued to decline as poachers kept invading the parks.

He said the escalation of poaching was also a result of restrictions as to what extent game rangers could go when hunting down poachers.

“The problem has been that these poachers enter the parks heavily armed and because the law does not provide protection to rangers in cases where he has shot a poacher. This is why, I am proposing to this house that we must consider a shoot to kill amendment,” Belekanyama explained.

The legislature said when a ranger kills a poacher he is instead of appreciated accused of killing and to some extent sentenced  when  he was actually protecting the  protected animals.

Lilongwe Mapuyu Legislature, Joseph Njobvuyalema concurred with Belakanyama that serious amendments like the shoot to kill be adopted by the house as a mean of reducing cases of wildlife poaching.

“Apart from the exorbitant fine we have proposed for poachers and everyone found connected with depletion of the country’s wildlife, I agree to the proposal that a shoot to kill amendments be adopted,” he added.

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Bright Msaka said government wouldn’t want to take somebody’s life when they are several ways of punishing those in conflict of the law.

He said no government in the world has ever passed that horrible law and Malawi was not ready to adopt that.

“Where on earth has any government passed a shoot to kill legislation? No, we cannot accept that,” the Minister said.

He added, “no matter that we are protecting the country’s wildlife but we cannot take life,”

Apart from the shoot to kill proposal, MPs agreed a fine of K2 to 5 Million to anyone found poaching.

Other amendments that were brought forward during debate were about the construction and improvement of road network to parks and games and open opportunity to Malawians to run these tourism centers.

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They sould give the rangers sophisticated weapons like AK47 with instructions to follow proper rules of engagement

Billy Chilewani
Wait a minute. Is Malawi as a country not a signotory to other international protocols which include a right to life of a suspect? Let’s not be carried away by emotions let’s look at the bigger picture otherwise much as the proponents of the shoot to kill policy has a deterrent effect on one hand on the other hand you will hear Human rights watch dogs accusing the very same Goverment of killing of suspects. Unless we all agree both Goverment and opposition that as far as Malawi is concerned no mercy to the poacher-as Malawi with one BIG VOICE… Read more »
Cheyo the real northerner
Cheyo the real northerner

Stealing tax payers money is like shoot to kill poor and innocent Malawians.

Bright Msaka must know this.

I repeat, if DPP is cashgating Malawi’s Government money, which Msaka belongs, is like shooting and killing defenceless and poor Malawians.

lloyd Stephen

Mr Msaka has just exposed himself as one of the ignorant leaders we send to Parliament. How can he say no govt in the world has such laws? Do your research, honourable! Don’t make a fool of yourself, unless you’re just trying to covers your backside. Times are changing. You will soon be found out.


Msaka and other DPP political heavy weights are part of the syndicate of poachers in the country. They did the same with Chikangawa forest and round wood. They have no regard whatsoever, to protect the natural resources that are being depleted in the country. Dziko liri mmanja mwa agalu!

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