Namibian state official nabbed for poaching (Namibia)


Africa News Agency

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A high-ranking Namibian regional government official has been arrested and charged with illegal possession of two elephant tusks and nine duiker carcasses.

Police crime investigation co-ordinator for the Kavango region Willie Bampton said Johannes Joachim, who is the Kavango East regional head of the ministry of information and communication technology, was arrested after a police raid on his home in Rundu on October 31.

“The police were busy patrolling in the farm areas when they ended up at Joachim’s farm in Satoka in Kavango East and found two elephant tusks, but he was not at the farm at the time. They were told that Joachim was out on a hunting trip, so they went to his home in Rundu the following day and while searching the place they found nine duiker carcasses. He was then arrested,” Bampton said.

Joachim has since appeared at the Rundu Magistrates’ Court where he was granted N$10,000 bail (the value in rands is the same) on charges of illegal possession of elephant tusks and poaching of the duikers.