Tanzanian officers arrested over taking bribes from poachers

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Tanzania’s anti-corruption watchdog has arrested eight law enforcement officers for demanding bribe from poachers, an official said on Tuesday.

Victor Swella, Morogoro region acting head of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau, said the law enforcement officers let free poachers who were arrested in the Mikumi National Park after the poachers bribed the officers with 2,040,000 Tanzanian shillings (about 882 U.S. dollars).

Swella said the arrested officers included five game wardens with the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA), one game warden with the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA), a policeman with the Tanzania Fire and Rescue Force and a militia man.

Poaching in Tanzania has been largely controlled following an anti-poaching drive pioneered by President John Magufuli since assuming office in 2015.

A latest aerial wildlife census showed that the Selous-Mikumi ecosystem has 15,501 elephants. The overall coverage of the Selous-Mikumi ecosystem aerial wildlife census was approximately 110,000 square kilometers. Enditem

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