Drop in recorded wildlife crime

By Rosalia David

BETWEEN 11 and 17 May, only one new case of wildlife crime was registered with four suspects arrested and charged, according to the latest wildlife crime statistics compiled by the Intelligence and Investigation Unit within the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism and Protected Resources

Two of the suspects were arrested on rhino poaching/trafficking, including conspiracy of rhino poaching. One springbok horn was seized.

The two suspects arrested are German national Hammer Roland and Namibian Itepa Benadete Kapango who were charged in Rundu for contravening section 51 of Nature Conservation Ordinance 4 of 1975, as amended Act 3 of 2017: Inability to give satisfactory account of possession after they were found in possession of a springbok horn.

At Omaruru an old case was brought forward whereby Namibian nationals Soini Erastus, Petrus Peter and Tangeni Ekanga were arrested and charged for contravening section 26 (3) of Nature Conservation Ordinance 4 of 1975: Conspiracy to hunt specially protected game (rhino).

Johannes Indongo Pinehas who was found in possession of four rhino horns and one hunting rifle appeared in court and was this past week granted bail of N$15 000, while his suspected partners Diogenus Shivute, Moses Ekandjo, Heimo Namweya, Seboron Seboron, Samuel Mathias and Wersimus Haipa remain in custody.

Last week, it was reported that three men were arrested for wildlife crimes and charged while two new cases were registered. The previous report also indicated that suspects arrested on charges elephant poaching/trafficking are Angolans Daniel Kambinda and Jobe Kambinda, as well as Webby Mutoiwa Mangimba, whose nationality still needed to be confirmed.

Daniel Kambinda and Jobe Kambinda were charged for Contravening section 4 (1) (a) and (b) of Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act 9 of 2008, as amended Act 6 of 2017 after they were found in possession of six elephant tusks, one kudu skin and 112 porcupine quills. Mangimba was charged for Contravening section 2 and 33 of Arms and Ammunition Act 7 of 1996 after he was found with one shotgun and four rounds of ammunition.