The Department of National Parks and Wildlife has arrested four people, among them are two Zambia Air Force (ZAF) officials for illegal possession of rhino horns.
The quartet was cornered at Embassy Park Mall in Lusaka’s Chawama Township, with the contraband weighing up to 3.9 kilogrammes.
The four, all male suspects are Nefuma Taleni Stefanus a Namibian national, Masheke Mutemwa Chripine, a Zambian national, working for ZAF as flight Sergent, Mwiya Masheke, a Zambian national also working for ZAF a Captain and Martin Maimba, a Zambian national and a businessman of Lusaka.
The suspects are aged 44, 38, 34 and 37 years respectively.
They are charged with unlawful possession of a pair of rhino horns contrary to Section 130 Wildlife Act No 14 of 2015 of the Laws of Zambia and will appear in court today.
If found guilty, the suspects will serve a minimum jail sentence of between five and 25 years for first offenders.
Second and subsequent offenders get stiffer punishment.
The offence has no option of a fine.