Alleged poachers will not be arrested

04 Jun 2015 14:40pm
KATIMA MULILO, 04 JUN (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police (NamPol) at Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region will not arrest the three alleged local ivory poachers suspected of being involved in an illegal botched poaching operation in Botswana’s Chobe National Game Park last month.
This was confirmed to Nampa on Wednesday by the Katima Mulilo Police’s Community Affairs and Public Relations Office.
According to Warrant Officer Lungowe Mapenzi, information given to the communications office by the Crime Investigation Unit indicates that the three men allegedly committed the crime on foreign soil and will therefore not be charged.
The three, Beaven Suto Malosi, 36, Kalipile Sidney Malosi, 28 and Mandumbi Muyambango, 29, remain free and have since returned to their respective villages.
They are alleged to have been part of a group of 6 men, including a Zambian National, in the illegal hunting expedition.
“I was informed that the three men have not been charged and will possibly not face arrest in Namibia as the alleged poaching incident happened in neighbouring Botswana. As we speak, they are all free men and are back at their homesteads,” said Mapenzi.
Nampa earlier reported that the three men escaped death by gun fire, in which the other three men – Salomon Maziezi, 26, and Iwana Manyuka , 29 and Chester Mataba - a 29 years-old Zambian national, were left dead after they were ambushed by the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) along the Chobe River on 15 May this year.
According to information provided to Nampa by a relative of one of the deceased men, the illegal poachers had crossed the river into Botswana on 12 May, after which the BDF were tipped off of the their presence.
When the men emerged from the park to board their canoes, the BDF ambushed them and found four elephant tusks in their possession.
Beaven, Kalipile and Muyambango managed to escape the ambush. It is however not yet known if the alleged poachers were carrying weapons at the time of the ambush.
The incident occurred along the Chobe River in the area of Shakawe, North-western Botswana.
The tusks were allegedly poached from elephants in the Chobe Game Park.
The bodies of the deceased men were repatriated by NamPol on 22 May.