2 men arrested for illegal possession of ivory tusks

02Mar 2021
The Guardian
2 men arrested for illegal possession of ivory tusks

AUTHORITIES in Manyara Region are holding two people for possessing 13 pieces of ivory tusks.

Head of KDU in the northern zone Peter Mbanjoko said the suspects were arrested at the ecological area of Tarangire National Park while in the process of searching for potential customers of the trophies.

He commended officials from Tarangire, Burunge Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Chemchem Association for the job well done. He named the suspects as Benard Masalu and Yembeson Masumbuko.

“The suspects are currently in police   custody and investigation is   ongoing  will later appear in court to   face   charges,” Mbanjoko said.

He said that the anti-poaching operation is endless thus warned those engaging in the illegal activity to stop doing so as the government will not spare anyone once caught.

He also warned public leaders who have been entertaining poaching in their areas by colluding with poachers to stop doing so as stern measures will be taken against them.

Chief executive officer of   Chemchem Association, Walter Pallangayo said that arrest of the suspects has been assisted with the intelligence information which the task force had received.

“After receiving the information, we planned and set up a trap. Some of us pretended to be buyers and then the suspects later agreed to sell the trophies at a cost of 3.5m/-, this made the job more easy to arrest them,” he said.

The Chemchem association which has invested in tourist hotels and photo tourism in the Burunge WMA has a special anti-poaching Fund for 400m/- per year for its operations.

The Fund works closely with the WMA militias, KDU in the northern zone and Tarangire National Park paramilitaries and the Chemichem security force....read more on https://epaper.ippmedia.com

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