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Police officers jailed 35 years on poaching charges (Tanzania)

The Daily News

September 18, 2017

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Eight people including two police officers have been jailed 35 years each

after the High Court convicted them of unlawful possession of government

trophies.

The convicts were found with 70 ivory tusks worth 800m/-, and the police

officers were identified as Corporal Senga Nyembo and PC Issa Mtama.

Also convicted were Prosper Maleto, Seif Mdumuka, Amri Bakari, Said

Mdumuka, Ramadhan Athuman and Musa Mohamed ? all of them arrested at

Kauzeni checkpoint in Kisarawe in Coast Region On the first count, the

convicts were each sentenced to 20 years and ordered to pay a fine

amounting to 8.5bn/-.

In addition, the police officers (Nyembo and Mtama) were jailed 15 years.

The court also ordered confiscation of the vehicles which they used to

carry the impounded trophies.

The ruling was issued last week by Judge Ama-Isaria Munisi of the High

Court, who said she was satisfied with the evidence submitted by the state

attorney Salim Msemo.

Meanwhile, Manyoni District Court has jailed one Saganda Kasanzu to 25

years and pay 792m/- in fines after he was found guilty of illegal

possession of government trophies and engaging in a poaching network.

The suspect was arrested with elephant tusks valued at 66m/- at Kalangalasi

area in Uyui, Tabora Region. In another incidence, seven pieces of elephant

tusks worth more 103m/- were seized as security forces arrested four

suspects in Tarime District.

Tarime Rorya Regional Police Commander (RPC) Senior Assistant Commissioner

of Police (SACP) Henry Mwaibambe said the arrest was successfully made on

September 10 at Mlima Chambiri area in Tarime District by the police force

in collaboration with the national anti-poaching task force.

He identified the suspects as Nyasairi Chacha (64), Magacha Makabara (48),

Sarya Marwa (64) and ?Investigations have been completed and they will all

be arraigned to court today?, the RPC told reporters.

Meanwhile, Tarime police have nabbed 151 kilos of bhang and 70 kilos of

bhang seeds during a week-long operation beginning September 9.