7 nabbed over animal trafficking


Seven people, among them six South Africans and a Zimbabwean, were intercepted in Gwembe district with an aircraft and a Toyota Hilux allegedly laden with 12 Sables destined for Livingstone.

The seven people have been apprehended on suspicion of animal trafficking, Zambia Wild Authority (ZAWA) public relations officer Zacks Kalembwe confirmed yesterday.

He explained that the authority had set a dragnet for the group upon gathering intelligence reports.

Mr Kalembwe said the authority would pursue lawful procedures over the matter.

Captain of the aircraft Stephanus Potgierter said the aircraft landed at Kotakota airstrip in Gwembe because the crew wanted to view properties which were on sale in the area.

Mr Potgierter said he had clearance to fly in Zambia and had nothing to hide.

He said he was in Zambia to survey areas such as Sioma, Livingstone and other places in readiness for a television documentary.-ZNBC



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