TRA manager under arrest for allegedly possessing elephant tusks

By Lake Zone Watch Writer

Police have arrested Kigoma region’s Kibondo district Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) manager, Irving Mutegeki, for illegal possession of elephant tusks.

Mutegeki was arrested on the night of Tuesday, July 2, 2024, driving a personal vehicle and is now in custody helping the police in their investigations, according to reports from the area.

The TRA manager is alleged to have been dealing with the elephant trophy business from both Kibondo and Kakonko districts respectively and selling the products to a neighbouring country and some regions of Tanzania.

Reports say both Kibondo and Kakonko districts are facing a mass decimation of jumbos in forests and game reserves, calling for government action to halt the unlawful trade.

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