The Principal Conservator with Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Genes Shayo (60), is being held by the national anti poaching special task force following reports linking him with an elephant tusk seized in Arumeru District, Arusha Region.
TANAPA received intelligence reports on May 11 that one Ngarenanyuki resident in Arumeru District, Emmanuel Nassari (46), a pastor at TAG Church, was looking for someone to buy an elephant tusk.
“Following the intelligence report, TANAPA communicated with the special task force to assist in investigations of the matter,” a statement from the authority noted.
The special task force conducted investigations and managed to apprehend Nassari on May 15 in possession of the elephant tusk. It was after the interrogation, when Shayo was implicated, leading to his arrest on the following day (May 16).
TANAPA has called on the public to continue providing information and tips to reveal poachers and facilitate their arrest and prosecution.