Police in Mara region have impounded three guns and 91 pieces of bush meat during the ongoing anti-poaching operation in villages of Serengeti, Butiama, Bunda and Musoma districts in the region.
The operation, jointly mounted by police and wardens of the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), commenced on October 19 this year.
Speaking to reporters over the weekend, acting Mara Regional Police Commander Paul Kasabago said several people have been arrested for allegedly poaching and having participated in various crimes.
He said one of the rifles was impounded at Marasomiche village and an MK 111 was impounded at Nyambegu village, both in Serengeti district.
He said the MK 111 rifle had been hidden in the residence of Nyangi Mang’ache who has been arrested for unlawful possession of a gun.
RPC Kasabago said in the second incident police arrested Pili Samwel of Nyambegu village for allegedly being in possession of a home-made gun with five rounds of ammunition.
He said police were still looking for Pili’s husband, identified as Samwel Mtatiro who ran away when he saw the police getting into his house.
The RPC said all suspects would be taken to court as police continue to look for Mtatiro. On the bush meat, Kasabago said the suspect has already been arraigned. However, he did not give the value of the trophies.