By Theresia Tjihenuna
POLICE in the Zambezi Region are investigating smuggling of cut ivory that was discovered on a bus on Sunday at Kongola village near the Kwando River.
Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Kanyetu, who is the regional crime investigation coordinator, said the trophies were discovered in the luggage of an unknown passenger.
Police say the passengers and the driver, remained tight-lipped after a series of interrogations and as a result they could not make any arrests.
“The investigation to determine who the real suspect is continues, but police have confiscated the ivory,” Kanyetu said.
Meanwhile, three suspects accused of killing five elephants and smuggling ivory last week at Malengalenga, appeared before Magistrate Duard Kesslau at the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The three, 45-year-old Delicious Matotota Zamenya, 60-year-old Sociaty Sitali and 21-year-old Ntelamo Nicky Sitali were remanded in police custody while investigations continue. The case was postponed to 27 November 2013.
The trio was charged on three accounts, including hunting of specially protected game, possession and dealing in part of elephants and possession of a firearm. More....