Army officer, 38 others arrested for wildlife offences

The Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) has arrested a Zambia Army officer named Sevelino Zulu and 38 other suspects in Livingstone for various wildlife offences.

Ministry of Tourism and Arts Public Relations Officer Sakabilo Kalembwe said Zulu, 40, a Warrant Officer Class II was found in illegal possession of 12 pieces of ivory weighing 66 kilogrammes concealed in a Toyota Harrier registration number ABX 2105.

The suspect appeared in the Livingstone Magistrate court and is currently on bail.

Meanwhile DNPW has recovered ivory weighing up to 141.5 kilograms, three live donkeys and five motor vehicles.

The impounded vehicles, a Toyota Corolla registration number AJB 8639, Toyota Harrier registration number ABX 2105, Toyota Sprinter registration number AJD 5633, Toyota Corolla registration number 3267 and an unregistered Isuzu van.

Others items are one ox – cart, one 458 spot rifle, assorted game meat weighing up to 211 kilograms, one Leopard skin, one Cheetah skin, 71 wires-snares and one crocodile skin

And DNPW has arrested three suspects for being in possession of a live pangolin at Chilanga Clinic.

The suspects are Kezias Mutamina, 24 of Mpungwe Village in Chief Mushili in Ndola, Wilson Munsaka, 23, Mudenda Village, Chief Mooya from Choma and Kingsley Mooya 37, of Chibozu Village, Chief Mwanza in Monze.

Pangolin is protected species under the Wildlife Act and its illegal possession attracts a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. Kalembwe has urge the members of the public to report anyone seen trading in the said species.

         

Charles Mafa

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