Notorious Poacher Sentenced

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On the 4th May the Mumbwa Magistrate Court convicted Mr Orden Mafuta Nabombwe of illegal possession of ivory and sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment. Mr Nabombwe was arrested by Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) officers on the18th of March 2017 for being in possession of 8kg of Elephant Ivory and two rounds of .375 ammunition. Mr Nabombwe is a former Village Scout from Chona village in Mumbwa District.

Under the Zambia Wildlife Act, no. 14 of 2015 illegal possession of trophies such as Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn are punishable with sentences of between 5 and 10 years imprisonment with no option of a fine. This new Act has instituted stricter sentences for many wildlife crime offences.

In the last 50 years Zambia’s elephant population has declined from 250,000 in 1960 to presently slightly over 20,000. Despite a ban on the international trade in ivory, African elephants are still being poached in large numbers. Tens of thousands of elephants are killed annually in Africa for their tusks. These tusks are traded on the international black market, often ending up in Far East Asia as ivory trinkets.

Mr Nabombwe’s arrest was made as a result of an intelligence-led operation by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, supported by the Wildlife Crime Prevention Project. The Department of National Parks and Wildlife under the Ministry of Tourism and Arts works tirelessly to ensure wildlife criminals are brought to justice in Zambia.

 

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