OTJIWARONGO: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region on Thursday expressed concern with workers selling alcohol inside national game parks.
The Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations’ Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa on Thursday that some workers at the Etosha and Waterberg game parks have established shebeens inside those parks.
“It’s not allowed. It’s against the law of this country for an individual to trade alcohol inside a national game park,” he stressed.
Khairabeb said over the past three months, he had received information that some workers and their relatives in these parks have been buying big volumes of alcohol from towns and transported it there on the pretext that they had birthday parties, yet the alcohol was for sale.
He said it is prohibited by law to sell alcohol in a game park,as such individuals would have no liquor licences. Only registered restaurant operators in within those game parks, holding valid liquor licences, have the right to sell alcohol to a visitor or any other interested person.
Khairabeb thus warned that any person found smuggling alcohol in a national game park will be arrested, and charged accordingly.