The two accused persons on different material dates and different occasions were caught in possession of government trophies. The two on 29/10/2013 at Ngokoro area within Shinyanga region was found in possession of one piece of leopard skin. On 2/11/2013 the first accused, Jeremia Gisaba was found in possession of two tails of the wildebeest, one skull of rock hyrax, and one ostrich egg. They were both arrested and taken to KDU. However, the case was dismissed.
On 16/7/2013, when game rangers were in patrol along Rubanda river in Ikorongo/Grumet Game reserve. They saw footmarks of human beings. They followed the marks and managed to arrest the accused person. He was caught in possession of one panga and one fresh head of a hippopotamus. The person was arrested and taken to KDU. The accused was found guilty and convicted.
On 11/10/2011, at around 6.00 P.M park rangers of SENAPA, while in patrol at Rwashange area within the national park. They saw some people in the bush, they surrounded them and managed to arrest them. These people were in possession one panga, three knives, three motorcycles and one killed zebra. The five people were arrested and taken to Anti-Poaching Unit (Bunda). The accused persons were found guilty and convicted.
On 05/05/2013, the accused person was caught within SENAPA around Grumeti river, the accused was also found in possession of one knife, one carcass of impala and one carcass of Thompson gazelle. He was arrested and taken to KDU ? Anti-Poaching Unit Bunda. However, the case was dismissed.
The accused person was caught on 07/08/2013 at Old Warangi River within SENAPA. The accused was in possession of weapons in the park namely; four trapping wires, four arrows, one bow, one bush knife and one knife. He was also in possession of a skin and three semi dried pieces of impala. He was arrested and taken to Anti-Poaching Unit at Bunda. However, the case was dismissed.
On 2/04/2014, the two accused persons were found along Mongombiti area within SENAPA. They entered the park without permission and were found in possession of one knife, one bush knife, and one full fresh carcass of zebra. However, the case was dismissed.
The accused on 17 November 2014 at Lubilo Village in Mufindi District and Region of Iringa was allegedly found in possession of six pieces of skin of Abbott?s duiker. He charged with unlawful possession of government trophies. The accused was found not guilty and 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.
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.