Five accused in rhino poaching incident at Outjo granted bail

27 Jun 2019 09:00am
OUTJO, 27 JUN (NAMPA) – The five men accused of allegedly poaching a black male rhino on a private game reserve farm, outside Outjo last month, were each granted bail of N.dollars 10 000 in the Outjo Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
The accused, Simon Mbanzi, 37, Immanuel Haingura, 42, Christopher Kanonga, 37, Kativa Ndumba, 44, and the 28-year-old Abel Dumeni were at the conclusion of their bail hearing released with conditions when they appeared before Magistrate Peingondjabi Shipo.
The conditions include that they report to any nearest police station between 08h00 and 17h00 on Mondays and Fridays.
They were also ordered to surrender their traveling documents to the investigating police officer, and not to apply for any such documents until their case is finalised.
The five men will return to court on 07 August 2019.
It is alleged that Mbanzi, Haingura, Kanonga, Ndumba and Dumeni poached the black male rhino which is valued at N. dollars 500 000.
They were all arrested on 29 May 2019 in the Kehemu informal settlement at Rundu in the Kavango East Region on a charge of poaching a special protected game species.
Their case was then transferred from Rundu to the Outjo Magistrate’s Court, in the district where the alleged poaching incident had taken place towards the end of May.
The accused were represented in court by private lawyers Trevor Brockerhoff and Tjitja Harases while the State was represented by Public Prosecutor Johannes Kalipi.