By Deus Ngowi
Hai — A man has appeared before the Hai District Court for illegally possessing government trophies. It was alleged in court that Isaya Fadhaeli Nkin (44) was nabbed in possession of an elephant skin worth 23,250,000/-, among other trophies.
The Kilimanjaro National Park (Kinapa) Prosecutor, Mr David Maikasi, told Resident Magistrate in Charge, Denis Mpelembwa that the accused contravened the law in Nitongofu National Park on January 5, this year.
The case comes at a time when the government suspended 'Operation Tokomeza' that was meant to crackdown poachers and recover government trophies.
Mr Maikasi said the accused charged with three counts including that of trespassing in the forest without legal permit. The second count is that of being found in possession of elephant skin, contravening Wildlife Conservation Act, Section 86 (1) (2) (b) of 2009 as well as sabotaging the economy.
The prosecutor said slaughtering of elephants for illicit ivory trade is on the rise because society does not cooperate in the war against poachers, who are out for monetary gains. Other things that the accused person was found with were different kinds of logs, 15 types of animal traps and one mouse.
The magistrate gave bail to the accused on condition that he produces two sureties and deposit in court half the amount of money involved in the case.
The accused denied all the counts, was remanded in custody at Karanga Prison for failing to meet bail conditions and the case will come up for mention on January 21, this year.