By Simon Liseli
FOUR (4) men of Namushasha area some 130 kilometers South West of Zambezi Region made their first brief appearance before the Katima Mulilo District court magistrate N Khumalo on Monday for possession of controlled wildlife products.
The accused Mr. Sydney Kilapile Masole 29, Mr. Joseph Muyambango( 45), Mr. Rubata Mungowe (28), and Mr. Musehi Kamise (28) were arrested on September 14, 2017 during night time with eight elephant tusks at Namushasha in Mashi Conservancy, while they were trying to cross-over from Botswana where they are suspected to have poached elephants into Namibia.
The suspects were arrested by the nature conservation officials with the help of Nampol officers and game guards of Mashi Conservancy and were detained at Kongola police holding cells charged with possession of fire arm, ammunitions, possession of controlled wildlife products and trade act, act 9 of 2008 as amended until on the 18th of September 2017 when they appeared before the Katima Mulilo District Court Magistrate.
All accused are male Namibian citizens and their rights to legal representative were explained by the court, they were denied bail and remanded into police custody at Kongola police holding cells some 110 kilometers west of Katima Mulilo and their case was postponed to 23 November 2017 for further investigation and legal aid.