By Ellanie Smit, The Namibian Sun
Ten suspects were recently arrested in connection with wildlife crimes and four new cases were registered.
Statistics provided by the Intelligence and Investigation Unit in the environment ministry and the Protected Resources Unit in the safety and security ministry indicate that four wildlife products were seized.
These included two elephant tusks, a giraffe skin and a pangolin skin. Police also seized one firearm and a vehicle.
Johannes Petrus, Ngavepue Tijuana and Kavenamuruke Tjihange were arrested on 27 October at Werda for conspiring to hunt a rhino. They were charged with contravening the Nature Conservation Ordinance and with contravening the Arms and Ammunitions Act. One hunting rifle was confiscated.
The following day another suspect, Tjizo Tjiposa, was arrested for the same crime at Werda. They are all Namibians.
In another incident at Wanaheda, Immanuel David Angula was arrested on Monday last week for being in possession of a giraffe skin. He was charged with contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act. An Angolan national, Muhenhe Tchimbanda, was arrested on Thursday last week at Outapi for being in possession of a pangolin skin. He was charged with contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act.
Four suspects were arrested last Sunday at Rundu for being in possession of two elephant tusks and they were charged with contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act. A vehicle was confiscated by the Blue Rhino Task Team and the Protected Resources Unit.
Mukoya Katombera was found guilty by the Rundu Magistrate’s Court for possession of a live pangolin and was sentenced to a fine of N$40 000 or three years in prison.
Katombera was arrested on 9 September and charged with contravening the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act. He was found guilty on 24 October.