By Ellanie Smit, The Namibian Sun
A total of eight suspects were arrested in connection with wildlife crimes last week, and four new cases were registered.This is according to statistics provided by the intelligence and investigation unit in the environment ministry and the protected resource division in the safety and security ministry.
The statics indicate that a total of 10 wildlife products were seized last week as well as two firearms and 50 bullets.
Wildlife products seized included four elephant tusks, a leopard skin, two crocodile skins, a slender mongoose skin and two hippo teeth.
On 30 December, three Namibians were arrested at Okahandja for conspiracy to hunt a rhino. Kandje Max Ngumi, Kunouwa Seven Tjambiru and Lubasi Mufaya were arrested with a hunting rifle and 31 bullets. They were charged for contravention of the Arms and Ammunition Act.
They appeared in court on 31 December and the case was postponed to 20 February for further investigation. All suspects were remanded in custody.
At Rundu, a Namibian and an Angolan national were arrested on 2 January for contravention of the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act.
Kaveto Joseph Mukoya and Ndjamba Joao Kandepwe were found with four elephant tusks and two hippo teeth.
The following day at Nkurenkuru, two Namibian men were arrested for contravention of the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act.
Mberema Patrick Haingura and Siremo Richard Malimbo were found with a leopard skin, two crocodile skins and one slender mongoose skin. According to the police, the leopard skin is valued at N$150,000 and the two crocodile skins are valued at N$90,000. The two men appeared in court on Monday and were each granted bail of N$8,000 in the Kahenge periodical court. In another incident at Wanaheda, a Namibian man was arrested on 3 January with one AK47 and 19 bullets. Daniel Kaveto was charged for contravention of the Arms and Ammunition Act.