Three fugitive suspected poachers apprehended

29 Jan 2016 10:10am
OTJIWARONGO, 29 JAN (NAMPA) – Three suspected poachers who were on the run after they allegedly slaughtered a kudu on Farm Otukaruno No. 43 in the Okahandja district on Wednesday, were on Thursday apprehended.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations’ Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha said the three were arrested on Thursday at Otjiuapeke Post in the Ovitoto communal area outside Okahandja.
Mbeha said the three suspects form part of four suspected poachers who were allegedly spotted skinning a kudu they had just killed at the farm on Wednesday.
The fourth suspect was allegedly shot and killed along with his dog by the farm owner's son, after reportedly catching the four suspected poachers in the act.
The arrested suspects are aged 44, 38, and 48 years.
They were arrested on a charge of illegal hunting after the 74-year-old farm owner, who resides in the capital, opened a case of illegal hunting on his farm.
Meanwhile, the deceased suspected poacher who was shot and killed at the alleged slaughtering point inside the farm has been positively identified as Andreas Ukandanga, 42.
Mbeha said Ukandanga’s family members have already been informed of his death, adding that he originally comes from the Kavango West Region.
Mbeha on Wednesday explained to Nampa that the son of the farm owner had fired a shot from a hunting rifle in the poachers’ direction, and Ukandanga was hit in the back and died on the spot.
“The half-skinned kudu, four assegais (short spears), a panga and one knife were found at the slaughtering point,” said the police officer.
Farm Otukaruno No. 43 is a private farm situated 25 kilometres east of Okahandja on the Hochfeld road.
Mbeha said the 43-year-old shooter and the three suspected poachers are all expected to appear in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
Police investigations into the matter continue.