Jornal de Angola

Carlos Paulino,
July 18, 2018

Four poachers, Angolan, Namibian, and Zambian, were sentenced in the province
of Cuando Cubango to five years in prison for the slaughter of more than 40
elephants in the municipalities of Rivungo and Dirico, per the director of
the Service of Criminal Investigation (SIC).

Subcommittee Miguel Arcanjo Sumbo said it was a crime against the
environment, recalling that the slaughter of the animals took place between
January of last year and June of this year, with SIC seizing 84 tusks,
corresponding to 42 elephants.

Miguel Arcanjo Sumbo condemned the action and recalled that Cuando Cubango
is still the preferred location for poachers, especially those of Namibian
and Zambian nationality, due to the vulnerability of the border between
Angola and its respective countries.

?Unfortunately, as long as the borders remain vulnerable and still
aggravated by having a reduced number of environmental inspectors
combatting this practice, there is a risk of similar situations occurring,?
he warned.

Meanwhile, the director of the SIC ensured that he continues to work in
coordination with the other organs of the Ministry of the Interior, with
emphasis on the Migration and Foreigners Service, the National Police, and
the Border Guard, in order to reverse the current scenario, which it
considers to be a matter of concern.

As part of the actions carried out between January 2017 and June of this
year, the SIC also registered 4,046 crimes of a different nature, of which
2,404 were reported by the population and 1,642 by operational initiatives.