Mpika, Chinsali men go in 5 years for poaching

By Staff Reporter

FOUR men of Mpika and Chinsali have been jailed five years each for being in possession of up to 51 kilogrammess of game meat of various wildlife species.

In a statement issued by Ministry of Tourism and Arts spokesperson Sakabilo Kalembwe, Allan Chanda was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour by the Mpika subordinate court for unlawful possession of protected trophy namely, hippo meat weighing 12 kilogrammes, contrary to section 130 (1) of the Zambia Wildlife Act number 14 of 2015.

The Court also convicted and sentenced Sten Kabengele and Mupanga Lwanga to five years imprisonment with hard labour for unlawful possession of protected trophy, namely black Lechwe meat weighing 24 kilogrammes, contrary to section 130 (1) of the Zambia Wildlife Act number 14 of 2015.

In Chinsali, the Subordinate Court sentenced Shadrick Katongo to five years imprisonment with hard labour for unlawful possession of 15kg of Sable Antelope meat, and another six months’ imprisonment for unlawful possession of five shotgun shells.

Kalembwe further said that illegal game meat trade was considered to be the biggest threat to wildlife populations in Zambia and the region, above the ivory and rhino horn trade.