By Ellanie Smit, The Namibian Sun
A massive number of 83 wildlife products were seized during operations last week, and 11 suspects were arrested. One of the suspects had 52 illegal wildlife products in his possession, which included elephant, lion, antelope, buffalo and other animal body parts.
Six new cases were opened by the police, while one firearm and 20 rounds of ammunition were seized. This is according to statistics provided by the intelligence and investigation unit in the environment ministry and the protective resource unit in the safety and security ministry.
A Namibian, Katoima Kanduna, was arrested last Monday at Divundu and charged with contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products Act and the Nature Conservation Ordinance.
According to the police, he was found in possession of four pieces of elephant ivory, 18 elephant bones, nine pieces of elephant hide, one lion skin, six tortoise shells, five buffalo horns, one hyena skin, three kudu horns, one sable antelope horn and four buffalo legs.
Also last Monday, Shiyave Justinus Ntjinano, a Namibian, was arrested at Ndiyona for being in possession of a live pangolin. He was charged with contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act.
At Kongola two Zambians were arrested last Monday for being in possession of two elephant tusks. Sipangule Kushonya and Kay-oka Lubinda Kunene were charged with contravening the Controlled Wildlife Trade Act.
Last Tuesday a Namibian, Andreas Ndati Elago, was arrested for possession of an aardwolf pelt in contravention of the Nature Conservation Ordnance.
In another incident at Oshivelo, three Namibians were arrested last Wednesday and charged with conspiracy to hunt a rhino. Maemusiepo Tjihange, Kakembe Ndiaombe and Tjozomburu Hevita were charged with contravening the Nature Conservation Ordinance and the Arms and Ammunition Act. A hunting rifle and ammunition were confiscated.
On Saturday, two Namibians and a Zambian were arrested for possession of 24 crocodile eggs, one buffalo, a roan antelope and a sitatungu. They were charged with contravening the Nature Conservation Ordinance and the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act.