Man arrested with dried python skin at Otjiwarongo

A 37-year-old man was arrested here on Saturday after he was found carrying a dried python skin valued at N.dollars 2 000.

A Game Ranger in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) at Otjiwarongo, Calvin Kabuku told Nampa in an interview on Sunday that pythons and python products are protected wildlife.

Kabuku said informers told officials of his ministry that they had seen the suspect with a two-metre long dried python skin in the Orwetoveni residential area on Saturday morning.

The man later headed to town with the snake skin in a bag, probably to sell it.

“We monitored him together with the police,” said Kabuku, adding that the man was arrested shortly after mid-day on Saturday with the reptile skin.

He noted that the snake was shot once in the head, as the dried skin only shows one hole to the head.

Kabuku suspects that the python was killed two months ago at the age of four.

He said python meat is a delicacy for some people in the Otjozondjupa Region, adding that some people use its fat for traditional medicine.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha confirmed the arrest to Nampa on Sunday.

He said the 37-year-old man faces a charge of possession of protected game/products, and is expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Police investigations continue.