Police officers jailed 35 years on poaching charges (Tanzania)
The Daily News
September 18, 2017
Eight people including two police officers have been jailed 35 years each
after the High Court convicted them of unlawful possession of government
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.