Wildlife: Elephant Again Threatened to Massacre in the Sangha (Republic of the Congo)


Agence d’Information d’Afrique Centrale/Brazzaville    

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The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) reported, on 18 April at our press agency, the transfer of the poacher Fulgence Mboka, alias Fields, and his acolytes to the public prosecutor of Ouesso.

They are going to appear in correctional audience on April 21 in Ouesso. According to another source, they have to answer to the charges of killing an elephant, unintentional manslaughter, and unlawful possession of a weapon with war ammunition.

During a large hunting party organized by the poacher Fulgence Mboka in the forest surrounding the village Egniabi, one of these so-called hunters Faustin Medoung was killed by an enraged elephant that they were trying to slaughter. Given the distance to the village, these accomplices buried him in the forest. Sembé district RCMP seized the case, opened an investigation, and challenged Fulgence Mboka and his companions Antoine Ngouema, Rodrigue Djiguo and Jean Fouambe.

After a house search, police seized a PMAK two trimmed chargers, a hacksaw, and a caliber 12.

Shortly before the opening of that investigation, however, Fulgence Mboka had been arrested for hunting in a protected area as well as for illegal detention of ammunition, for which he had been sentenced by the high court of Ouesso, on February 12, 2015, to two years suspended sentence and fined 200,000 francs CFA.

However, the judgment did not satisfy the activists of environmental protection. He was prosecuted again on 12 January 2016 at the village of Nakouaka for possession of weapons of complicity in war but the police of the sub-prefecture of Sembé decided to drop the charges against him for lack of evidence.

According to an activist for the preservation of the environment: “Poaching is not a profitable enterprise for peasants, it is rather a source of misfortune and impoverishment. We call on young people to engage in other activities such as agriculture and animal husbandry rather than spend their lives in jail because of illegal hunting,” said Kevin Tsengou Egwu.

Over the past ten years, according to several international NGOs for the protection of wildlife including Wildlife Conservation Society, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, (IUCN) and the World Wide Fund for nature (WWF), the Central Africa sub-region has lost two-thirds or 62% of its population of elephants to poachers.

Recall that during a working session at the village of Obouya which in part focused on wildlife, the Director-General of the Congolese wildlife agency and protected areas, Constantin Mbessa, developed a discourse on a five-year action plan for 2016–2020 which aimed for, among other things, the protection of protected animal species.

Similarly, the Minister Henri Djombo evoked numerous flaws in the framework of the protection of wildlife during the ceremonial exchange of vows with these employees in 2015–2016: “Among the dark spots revealed in the report that you have just presented I noted the resurgence of scourges: elephant poaching, illegal logging and illegal timber sales where the fight will be strengthened.”