At the time of his arrest, Nzamwita Innocent, 39, had killed two animals. He was caught with the meat said to be for the two animals he had killed.
Nzamwita, who asked for leniency after his arrest, told the Police in Nyaruguru District that he has been hunting wildlife in Nyungwe Forest National Park for a while.
He also stated that he was working with one Bosco Nzaramyimana, who managed to escape the arrest.
Nzamwita and Nzaramyimana are both residents of Muganza Sector in Nyaruguru District.
The suspect said they were selling wildlife meat to local residents.
Nyaruguru District Police Commander, Supt. Boniface Kagenza said the operation was conducted together with game rangers.
“Game rangers called the Police after information that there were poachers in the park. We worked together to locate and arrest them. We found them with meat from the two animals they had killed,” Supt. Kagenza said.
He explained that poachers sneak in the park especially at night and set traps.
“These are not domestic animals that you can slaughter at any time you want. These are animals protected by the law and in gazetted areas. We appeal to people residing near Nyungwe National Park and everyone with information on poachers to always share with the Police to ensure that they are arrested and to fight such criminal tendencies,” the DPC said.
The law no 48/2018 of 13/08/2018, in its article 58, states that any person who hunts, sells, injures or kills a protected animal species and products thereof, commits an offence.
Upon conviction, he or she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than seven years and a fine of between Rwf5 million and Rwf7 million.