Some of the poaching suspects
The anti-poaching unit – the Blue Rhino Combined Task Team – last week arrested 18 suspects among them two Oshakati Town Council workers.
According to a weekly report released by the environment ministry, the arrests were made between 6 and 12 January 2020.
The report says that the council workers – Heimo Tweuya Namweya and Seboron Shivolo Seboron – were arrested on Wednesday in the Etosha national park while they were in the process of dehorning rhinos.
Also arrested together with the two council workers were Diogenus Nambili Shivute, Moses Ekandjo, Johannes Pinias and Samuel Afunde Matias.
The report said the six were found with four rhino horns, a .303 hunting rifle, 6 rounds of ammunition and their vehicle was confiscated.
They have since appeared before the Tsumeb Magistrate’s Court where they were remanded in custody.
Shivute, Ekandjo, Namweya and Seboron have another case of poaching opened at Omuthiya in 2019.
In this old case, they were arrested together with Sem Johannes. They were on free bail.