The appellant was stood charged with the offence of unlawful possession of government trophy c/s 170 (1) and (2) of the Wildlife Conservation Act. No. 12 of 1974 read together with para 15 of the 1st Schedule and section 59 (2) of the Economic and Organized Crimes Act No. 13 of 1992 of 1984 as amended by Act No. 3 of 1992.
The appellants were alleged to have been found in the Tarangire National Park in unlawful possession of three swala pala meat valued at Tshs 1,813,500/-, three did-dik meat valued at Tshs 1,162,500/- and three reedbuck meat valued at Tshs 2,092,500/- all valued at Tsh 5,068,500/- the property of Tanzania Government.
On 17th April, 2008 at Rukwa Lukwati Forest Reserve within Mpanda District the accused person was arraigned and found in unlawful possession of government trophies. Then brought before the court to answer a charge. The accused was convicted.
On 9th October, 2013 at Mnyamasi area at Vikonge village within Mpanda District in Katavi Region, the accused person was arraigned and found in unlawful possession of government trophy. He was therefore charged with an economic crime and wildlife conservation. The accused was convicted.
On 10th October, 2013 at Muze village within Mlele District in Katavi region the accused person was arraigned and found in unlawful possession of government trophies. A charge was brought before the court for accused person to answer. The accused was acquitted.
The 1st accused person (a game reserve officer) and other two persons were arrested on 7th day of April, 2007 at Makuyuni within Monduli District in Arusha region with a government trophy to wit, one eland meat. The 1st accused claimed that on previously he had received complaints that animals are destroying crops.
On 24.01.2014 at Landman village within Simanjoto District, Arusha region, the accused person was found with unlawful possession of dik-dik meat by Anti-Poaching Unit. The Unit while in the routine patrol suspected the accused to be in possession of wild meat, upon being followed the accused ran away.
On 12.05.2001 at Mirerani village within Simanjiro District in Manyara Region the accused person was found in unlawful possession of government trophy to wit, antelope meat property of the government of Tanzania. The accused person was found not guilty and was therefore acquitted.
The accused on 30th day of November 2013 at Owiro village within Arumeru District and Region of Arusha were found in unlawful possession of three dik-dik carcasses. The accused persons were found not guilty and were therefore acquitted.