By Apolinari Tairo
The arrest of a person in possession of 1,126 elephant tusks intended for sale on the black market shows that this African country is doing little to combat poaching of elephants and trade in bloody ivory, more than politics.
Conservationists who spoke widely in the Tanzanian capital city of Dar es Salaam told eTurboNews that the government of Tanzania is doing little or nothing to combat crime on poaching.
Their comments reached eTN soon after Tanzanian and Malawian security operatives booked before the Court of Law in Dar es Salaam, a military officer, charging him in possession of 1,126 elephant tusks worth US 6 million dollars (US$ 6 million). The tusks were chopped from 563 elephants that had been gunned down.
Director of Criminal Investigations with the Tanzania Police Forc,e Mr. Robert Manumba said in Dar es Salaam this week that the person who was arrested was an employee from the National Service Unit, a military wing of the Tanzania Defense Forces, and was intercepted at the Malawian border with Tanzania, about 1,200 kilometers south of the capital of Dar es Salaam.
Mr. Manumba said the person was identified as a fisheries officer and had planned to sell the bloody ivory through black markets. He said some tusks were stored in Dar es Salaam and another haul in Malawi, an indication that poachers cross territorial borders to kill elephants from other countries. More....