It was alleged by the prosecution that on 30/07/1996 in the village of Lutukila, within the District of Songea the appellant was found with unlawful possession of government trophies. They were later on prosecuted before the District Court of Songea. Prosecution procured about five (5) witnesses to testify the allegations. The accused was found guilty and was therefore convicted.
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 appellants were jointly arraigned in the District Court of Nachingwea at Nachingwea on a charge of unlawful possession of government trophies. Both were convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for twenty (20) years. Aggrieved with the decision, they both preferred appeals to the High Court of Tanzania at Mtwara. The first appellant Esther Mbalale withdrew her appeal at the last moment after receiving a presidential pardon. The second appellant prosecuted his appeal. The appeal was dismissed.
On 2nd June 2001 in Serera Controlled area, Mto wa Mbu , Monduli District in Arusha region, the accused persons alleged killed three buffaloes using poisoned spears whilst not possessing a hunting permit from the Director of Wildlife. The accused persons denied to be in possession of the said buffalo meat. The 1st and 2nd accuseds were arrested while busy keeping the security of a maize field from monkeys. The 3rd accused person was arrested at a distant place but was also doing the same job as the other accused persons. The person who employed them testified that he saw three buffalo carcasses on the way to his farm to supply food to his workmen. The accused persons were found not guilty and were therefore acquitted.
The appellant Ausi Hassani Nampali was on 24th October, 2001 convicted by the Lindi District Court on two counts of unlawful possession of government trophy contrary to section 67(1) and (c) (d) (iii) and (2A) of the Wildlife Conservation Act No. 12 of 1974 as amended by Act No. 10 of 1989 read together with section 56(1) of the Economic and Organized Crimes Control Act, No. 13 of 1984 and paragraph 16(d0 of the first schedule there of as amended by Act No. 10 of 1989. The appellant was sentenced to an omnibus sentence of ten years imprisonment on the two counts. Aggrieved by the decision of the trial court, appeals to the High Court of Mtwara at Mtwara. The appeal is partly allowed. The appellant sentence and imprisonment is reduced into a fine of 25,000/= or two years imprisonment.
The appellant one Mauridi Ganame was on 17/04/1997 convicted by Lindi District Court on a charge of unlawful possession of government trophies. He was subsequently sentenced to twenty five (25) years imprisonment. While the court sentenced the appellant was not in court. It appears that the appellant started to serve his sentence sometimes on 28/02/2002. Records show that when the charge was read to appellant he requested bail. The Court granted bail. Later on while on bail the appellant jumped the bail. The District without issuance of warrant of arrest and tried the appellant ex parte. The appellant was later on arrested and started to serve his sentence. Now, appeals to challenge the conviction and sentence. The appeal was allowed, the decision quashed and the sentence set aside.
This is an appeal case originating from Mpanda District Court at Mpanda. Before the District Court at Mpanda, the appellant and three others were charged for the offence of unlawful possession of government trophies and unlawful possession of weapon and ammunition. The District convicted the appellant and acquitted the second, third and fourth accused person. The appellant became aggrieved with the decision of the District Court, appealed to the High Court. The appeal was dismissed.
The appellant Ahmad Mshamu was on 13/06/2002 convicted by Newala District Court on a charge of four counts. Among them, two were on unlawful possession of fire arms and other two counts were on unlawful possession of government trophies contrary to the law. He appealed the decision. The High Court allowed the appeal, quashed the decision and set aside the sentence.
On 16 July, 2004 respondents were charged with offence of unlawfully possession of government trophies and made application for bail at Mpanda District Court and granted bail to them under the terms that they should deposit cash bond of Tsh. 6,000,000/=. The High Court allowed the appeal and quashed the decision of the trial court.
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.