Suspected python poachers arrested in Otjiwarongo

29 Aug 2013 11:00
OTJIWARONGO, 29 AUG (NAMPA) – Two suspected poachers of pythons were arrested here with a dried skin of python snake on Thursday morning.
The suspects are aged 40 and 42, and they are residents of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa on Thursday that the suspects were arrested at a businessman’s place in Otjiwarongo, where they intended to sell the skin.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) had acted on a tip-off from members of the public, said Khairabeb.
He explained that the selling of python skins is a lucrative business because the skins are often used in traditional rituals by some communities.
Other communities enjoy eating python meat and use the snake’s fats as body creams.
Khairabeb however warned python poachers to be careful because these snakes are very dangerous.
According to Calvin Kabuku, a game ranger in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, a python’s skin has a street value of over N.dollars 2 000.
Kabuku said the confiscated skin had measured about 4.87 metres in length.
Pythons are protected game species by the Nature Conservation Ordinance of 1975: Section 27 (1).
Kabuku said the two accused persons, who are expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Friday, will be facing charges of hunting protected game species.