Police in Mbeya arrest four over illegal ivory possession

23Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Police in Mbeya arrest four over illegal ivory possession

POLICE in Mbeya Region have arrested four people over illegal possession of 13 pieces of elephant tusks.

Mbeya Regional Police Commander Ulrich Matei pictured in Mbeya city yesterday showing journalists elephant tusks he said police intercepted in Chunya District recently, adding that four people were arrested in connection with the incident. Photo: Correspondent Nebart Msokwa


Addressing journalists here, Mbeya Regional Police Commander, Ulrich Matei said that the suspected poachers were arrested in different locations.

He said that in the first incident, police arrested two suspects Zungu Paulo (45) and Baraka Lazaro (40) all residents of Lupa village in Chunya District, who were illegally found with three pieces of elephant tusks, whose worth was yet to be established.

Matei said the suspects were arrested on August 19, this year at around 2pm in Lupa village going around looking for customers on the street with the task in the bag.

Commander Matei mentioned the other suspects were Igelele Daniel (42) and Nyirenda John 'Daimon' (32) residents of Isangawana Village who were found with 10 pieces of elephant tusk with no permission.

He said the suspects were arrested by the Police Force on August 19, at 2:15 pm at a Guesthouse at Itewe ward in Chunya district.

"The exact value of the arrested elephant tusk is not yet established, we have noted that both suspects are illegal hunters, legal procedure are underway to bring them to court for further action," said RPC Matei.

The RPC said, the police is continuing with the search in various areas of the region to fight various crime incidents in order to ensure the region is safe.

In another incident, the regional police chief said two people have died in head-on collision which occurred on Tuesday at around 3pm at ZZK area near Mbalizi Township on the outskirts of Mbeya City.

He named the one who died as MT.90399 CPL Fred Grayson of Tanzania People Defense Force (TPDF).

Matei said that accident involved a car with registration number T. 219 CSU, which was coming from Songwe International Airport to Mbeya City and the collided with the truck with registration numbers T.838 APZ.

The RPC said preliminary investigation show that speeding as a source of the accident.