Five more charged in Tanzania for murder of anti-poaching activist

Wayne Lotter supported an elite Tanzanian anti-poaching unit that had a number of successful arrests in recent years. (PAMS Foundation)
Updated 23 February 2018
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Five more charged in Tanzania for murder of anti-poaching activist

DAR ES SALAAM: Five more suspects were charged in a Tanzanian court on Friday for the murder of prominent conservationist Wayne Lotter, bringing to eight the total number of people arraigned over the killing.
Three other suspects were charged for the same crime in October last year.
Lotter, 51, co-founder of PAMS Foundation USA, a non governmental organization that supports anti-poaching efforts across Africa, was shot dead in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam on Aug. 16, 2017.
The five suspects charged yesterday include a Burundian national, Nduimana Jonas, 40, who is also known by the alias “the Priest,” according to court documents seen by Reuters.
The other suspects arraigned on Friday at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court are Tanzanian businessmen Godfrey Salamba, 42, Innocent Kimaro, 23, Chambie Ally, 32, and a local bank employee, Robert Mwaipyana, 31.
The three suspects charged last year for shooting dead the South African-born conservationist are bank employee Khalid Mwinyi, 33, his sister Rahma Mwinyi, 37, and a laborer, Mohamed Maganga, 61.
The suspects, who were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder, were not allowed to enter a plea until the case is transferred to the Tanzanian High Court, which has jurisdiction over murder cases.
The case was adjourned until March 6 when it is scheduled to come up for another mentioning.
Lotter supported an elite Tanzanian anti-poaching unit that has had a number of successful arrests in recent years, colleagues said.
He also worked on the Ivory Queen case, which saw Yang Feng Glan, a Chinese, charged with running a smuggling empire that stretched form East Africa to Asian markets. She denies the charges in a separate ongoing court case in Tanzania.
It was unclear if Lotter’s death was related to his work, colleagues said. His assailant reportedly stole his laptop, said two colleagues who declined to be named.
“We are relieved that some of the perpetrators responsible for his untimely death have been apprehended and are being brought to justice,” PAMS Foundation said in a statement.


At least 12 dead in Mali attack — sources

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At least 12 dead in Mali attack — sources

  • Militants claiming allegiance to Daesh have been clashing with local groups
  • Mali’s unrest stems from a 2012 Tuareg separatist uprising which was exploited by militants

BAMAKO: At least 12 Tuareg civilians died Tuesday in an attack in eastern Mali, a region hit by chronic unrest between local tribes and jihadist militants, sources said.
About 200 people, many of them civilians from the Fulani and Tuareg tribes, have been killed in the area this year.
Militants claiming allegiance to Daesh have been clashing with local groups backing a French security force and the Malian army.
The attack took place 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Menaka, according to a local official, a security source, and a statement by former rebels in the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA).
“Armed men on motorcycles killed at least 12 civilians,” the official said, citing a resident of the town who claimed to have seen the bodies.
The official, who asked not to be named, added that “for now we do not know exactly who did it. I don’t know if it was the result of a dispute between tribes or a terrorist act.”
The security source said some of his sources spoke of 12 dead, while others put the toll at 16.
The MSA statement said “armed individuals on motorcycles had executed 17 civilians” from two Tuareg camps.
Mali’s unrest stems from a 2012 Tuareg separatist uprising which was exploited by militants in order to take over key cities in the north.
The extremists were largely driven out in a French-led military operation launched in January 2013.