Two jailed for wildlife offences
Two wildlife offenders have been handed prison sentences in Chipata and Nyimba, for offences involving elephant ivory and a serval cat skin.
In Chipata, the magistrate court has convicted and sentenced Kezius Manda 42 to 5 years imprisonment with hard labor for Unlawful Possession of Prescribed Trophy, namely two pieces of ivory weighing 7kg, contrary to section 130 (2) of the Zambia Wildlife Act No. 14 of 2015.
In another case the Nyimba Magistrate Court has convicted and sentenced Anastazio Njobvu 28, a Mozambican national, to 12 months imprisonment with hard labor for Unlawful Possession of Government Trophy, namely one serval cat skin.
And Ministry of Arts and Tourism public relations officer Sakabilo Kalembwe says the ministry has observed that there is growing evidence of targeted poaching of cats for skins and other body parts.
Mr. Kalembwe says The Department of National parks and Wildlife alongside its partners has since made it a priority to curb the illegal possession of prescribed trophies such as lion, cheetah and leopard skins are serious crimes in Zambia and attract penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment with no option of a fine.