Sumbawanga. — POLICE in Mpanda District in Katavi Region have arrested ten people including two women for allegedly being in unlawful possession of government trophies worth over 80m/- and impounded two vehicles used for transporting the contraband.
The Katavi Regional Police Commander, Mr Dhahiri Kidavashari, told journalists that the suspects were arrested at different locations after good citizens informed police and wardens at the Katavi National Park.
The RPC said vehicles that were impounded during the operation have registration numbers -- T983TZJ and T463 BZW. Also impounded, he said, were five saws, two weighing scales and four travelling bags in which the pieces of elephant tusks were loaded.
Others items were five elephant tusks worth over 73m/- and carcass of buffalo valued 7.5m/-Mr Kadavashari further noted that the five suspects were arrested at Msanginya village in the district along the Mpanda -- Tabora road for being in unlawful possession of three elephant tusks worth over 50m/-.
RPC named the suspects as Joseph Mahundi alias Ngondo (59) from Kigoma Region , Msafiri Nyirawi (36) and Abubakari Mhina (25) a driver, both residents from Dodoma .
Others were Peter Mashihamvula (55), a resident of Kawajense area in Mpanda and David Simwanza (38) a resident from Lwasho village in Mbozi District, Mbeya Region.
According to the RPC the government trophies were impounded while being transported to Dodoma in the Noah car with registration number T983TZJ.
In another development, three suspects including two women were arrested in unlawful possession of two elephant tusks worth 24m/-.The RPC named them as Rose Bwigilo (36), from Kimara Mwisho in Dar Es Salaam, Adelina Alphonce (39) a resident of Tabata and John Venance (26) also from Dar es Salaam who driving Noah car with registration number T463 BZW
Yet in another incident two suspects named as Juma Ngeleka (30) a resident of Kawajense area in Mpanda and John Mlelwa (25) from Inyoga village in Mlele District were arrested for allegedly being in possession of buffalo' carcass worth over 7.5m/-