Seven wildlife offenders have been convicted and sentenced for various wildlife crimes by the high court in Chipata and subordinate courts in Solwezi, Kalulushi and Mwinilunga.
The high court sitting in Chipata sentenced Mangani Phiri to five years imprisonment with hard labour for unlawful possession of protected animal contrary to the Zambia Wildlife Act.
Mangani was convicted by the Katete Subordinate Court and committed to the high court for sentencing.
In another case, the Solwezi Subordinate court has convicted and sentenced Esther Malata aged 38 to five years imprisonment with hard labour for unlawful possession of the prescribed trophy, namely 17 kg of ivory, contrary to the Zambia Wildlife Act.
The Solwezi Subordinate court also convicted Francis Samanenga aged 60and fined him 45 thousand kwacha with three years’ imprisonment with hard labour in default of payment, for unlawful possession of bush pig meat believed to be from West Lunga National Park.
The Ministry of Tourism and Arts Public Relations Officer Sakabilo Kalembwe confirmed the development in an interview.