The Namibian Sun

Jana-Mari Smith,
September 17, 2018

Police are clamping down on poachers, with two police busts leading to the
arrest of an alleged poaching gang found in possession of rhino horns and
another man attempting to smuggle ten elephant tusks.

Police at the Divundu police checkpoint arrested two men driving a white
BMW in the early hours of Thursday morning after they were found in
possession of three rhino horns.

They were identified as Liebelo Erick Manja (31) and Aldrian Masule
Musisanyani (41), and both were charged with possession of controlled
wildlife products.

Reportedly a third man was later arrested in connection with the same crime
and all three remain in custody.

The police have not yet confirmed the origin of the horns and the
investigation continues.

Video footage posted on social media posted over the weekend showed the
arrest of an unidentified man in his early thirties, who was attempting to
smuggle ten elephant tusks in a metal locker in the back of a vehicle.

The footage shows police opening the locker and lifting out the tusks one
by one.

The arrest took place near Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region. The police
were reportedly acting on a tip-off from a member of the public.

It was further reported that the man was driving a vehicle bearing the name
of a security company, and that he resisted arrest. He only stopped the
vehicle following a police chase, after an officer had fired a warning shot
into the air.

In July poaching statistics provided by the environment ministry indicated
that by April this year a total of 14 rhinos and 23 elephants had been

In other crime news, two Chinese nationals were sentenced to two years?
imprisonment on charges of attempted bribery by Magistrate Vanessa Stanley
in the Windhoek Magistrate?s Court on Friday.

Siyong Xu (55) and Huaifen Yang (54) will serve their prison terms at the
Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.

The two were arrested on 5 September 2018 at the Old Power Station in the
capital. They confessed that they had offered a bribe of N$4 000 to an
inspector of the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of
Terrorism Division of the Namibian police.

The bribe was an attempt to stop the investigation of a case in which
Huaifen is suspected of money laundering involving an amount of N$1 million.