5 JAILED FOR WILDLIFE OFFENCES

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5 JAILED FOR WILDLIFE OFFENCES

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By Staff Writer

The Mpika Subordinate Court has convicted and sentenced five wildlife offenders to five-year imprisonment for committing various wildlife offences.

 

The Court sentenced Fredrick Chilufya and Ackson Mvula to five years imprisonment with hard labour for Unlawful Possession of Protected Trophy namely 86Kg of elephant meat in the first count, and Unlawful Possession of Prescribed Trophy namely, six pieces ivory weighing 28Kg in the second count.

 

The Court also sentenced Kabwe Dennis to five years imprisonment with hard labour unlawful possession of two pieces of Ivory weighing 8kg contrary to section 130 (2) of the Zambia Wildlife Act No. 14 of 2015.

 

In another case, the Court sentenced Elias Sichalwe to five years imprisonment with hard labour for Unlawful Possession of Protected Trophy namely, zebra meat weighing 23kg in the first count, and Unlawful Possession of Government Trophy namely, waterbuck meat weighing 15kg in the second count.

 

The Mpika Subordinate Court also sentenced Alick Kunda Mwape to five years imprisonment with hard labour for Unlawful Possession of Protected Trophy namely, black lechwe meat weighing 46kg contrary to section 130 (1) of the Zambia Wildlife Act No. 14 of 2015.  

 

Ministry of Tourism and Arts Public Relations Officer Sakabilo Kalembwe says the arrests and convictions are a result of the conservation efforts of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife working Wildlife Crime Prevention Project.

 

“Illegal trafficking and trading in wildlife products deprive the country of much-needed resources meant to provide much needed social services and wildlife-based jobs for local people. That is why courts of law are handing stiff punishments to anyone found wanting, to secure the country’s wildlife resources,” he said.

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