Mozambique: Pedro Vicente detained in the case of “tusks of ivory”

RFI (Mozambique)

Marco Martins,

November 1, 2018

Pedro Vicente, the former head of the provincial wildlife services in

Niassa, was detained in the case of alleged theft in 2017 of 85 ivory tusks

stored in these services.

The provincial prosecutor’s office in Niassa announced the arrest of the

former head of the provincial wildlife services. At issue was the alleged

theft in 2017 of 85 ivory tusks stored in these services.

According to the prosecution, he was fugitive, detained in Maputo and taken

back to Niassa. Costs are estimated at many millions of meticals.

Pedro Vicente must now go to trial and await a court decision.

Hear [on video, in Portuguese] Francisco Albano, spokesman for the

provincial prosecutor’s Office of Malawi, who announced the arrest in

Maputo and the extradition of the former head of the provincial services

today of Wildlife, Pedro Vicente.

In the meantime, Botswana will offer 500 elephants to Mozambique under the

program to repopulate the species in Mozambican conservation areas, Unity

Dow’s Minister for International Affairs and Cooperation Botswana announced.

Data from the National Administration of the Conservation Areas indicate

that since 2009, the country lost at least 10,000 elephants and, only in

the Niassa Reserve, the largest protected area in the country, the total

number of this species went from 12,000 to 4,400 in three years between

2011 and 2014.

The lack of human and material resources for monitoring the country’s

extensive conservation areas is seen as the main obstacle to elephant

preservation. However it must be remembered that the main threat is

poachers, who slaughter elephants in search of ivory.

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