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