The Chama Cha Mapinduzi Secretary General, Abdulrahman Kinana, has strongly refuted all claims made by the opposition camp in Parliament recently that he was involved in the trafficking of elephant tusks that were impounded in Vietnam in 2009, calling them as fabricated lies.
According to him, “the accusations are unfounded, malicious and aimed at deliberately tarnishing my image and that of my party.”
Speaking at a press conference in Dodoma yesterday, Kinana said that the claims were baseless, because all the local and international authorities have cleared him on the issue which was handled by Interpol and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).
Documents show the suspects who were arrested and taken to the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court were Eladius Tesha Colonerio, the Director of Team Freight (T) Limited, Gabriel Chambo Balua, Import and Export Manager of TEA Freight (T) Limited and Shaban Yasssin Yabula, Executive Director of Kigoma M.N. Enterprises (T) Limited.
Others in the list include Erick Lelo Morand, an employee of Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) at Dar es Salaam Port, Issa Ahmed Lweno, Norbert Kiwale and Abubakari Omar Hassan.
The documents also show that customs officers in Haiport and Hanoi, Vietnam had impounded 6,200 kg of elephant tusks that trafficked from Dar es Salaam port.
Between March and June in the same year customs officers based in South harbour port of Manila, Philippines had impounded another consignment of 4,861 kgs that was also trafficked from Dar es Salaam port.
Following the report from Vietnam, the police in collaboration with Wildlife Department in the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources, the office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Interpol and the Eastern and, Southern Africa (Lusaka Agreement Task Force –LAFT), an international body responsible for curbing the spread of poaching began to carry out investigations. More....