The appellant stood charged with the offence of unlawful possession of government trophy c/s 59 (2) of the Economic and Organized Crimes Control Act, Cap 200 R.E 2002 and section 67 (1) & 2 (b) of the Wildlife Conservation Act [Cap 283 R.E 2002].
On 24.11.2000, the Anti-Poaching Unit while in routine patrol heard a gun sound and responded immediately. Upon arriving at the crime scene, the Unit found the accused persons removing zebra skin they have killed using a riffle after shooting 22 rounds of ammunition. The accused persons were arrested.
On 25.09.2014 Manyara Park Rangers were patrolling at Kirurumo area Manyara National Park. While patrol, the rangers met the accused and suspected him to be carrying government trophy. When the accused was stopped and searched, they were found in unlawful possession of zebra meat. The accused was found guilty and was therefore convicted.
On 18.07.2000, the Tarangire National Park rangers were informed that certain villagers of Sangaiwe, of whom the appellant was one, were in possession of government trophies. They laid information to the police and made a follow up at Sangaiwe. On arrival there, they contacted the village leadership.
The accused and two others on and about 11st December 2011 at Mererani within Simanjiro District in Manyara region were found in possession of government trophies valued at Tshs. 9,024,000/= without a valid license from authorized authority.
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 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 persons on 29th day of September 2006 at Namalulu within Engakiriti, Longido District were found by Anti-Poaching Unit in unlawfully possession of one zebra meat without valid permit from the Director of Wildlife. The Unit on the material day received a tip that the accused were illegally hunting.
On or about the 14th day of April, 2006 at Ogutu area within Simanjiro District Manyara Region, the accused persons were found in unlawful possession of zebra property of the Tanzania Government. The accused was found guilty and was therefore convicted.
On 7th day of October, 2010 at Sakina area within the Municipality, District and Region of Arusha, the accused person was found in unlawful possession of government trophy to wit, zebra meat property of the government of Tanzania. The accused person was found not guilty and was therefore acquitted.