Two daring game poachers exchanged gunfire with game scouts in Malilangwe Conservancy in Chiredzi last Saturday, resulting in one of them being shot. He sustained serious injuries.
Josphat Madzima (51) of Masvingo and Arnold Masimba (36) of Chiredzi allegedly connived with a game scout, only identified in court papers as Peter, last Saturday. They proceeded to illegally hunt game in the conservancy.
Madzima and Masimba were allegedly armed with a .303 rifle fitted with a bayonet and a silencer and loaded with nine live rounds of ammunition.
They were in the conservancy hunting animals when they were spotted by alert game scouts who confronted them.
Upon realising that they had been spotted, Madzima allegedly fired two shots at the game scouts and when he tried to fire the third shot, the gun jammed.
The state alleges the game scouts then returned fire and shot Madzima. He still tried to get away but he was caught, overpowered and arrested.
Masimba allegedly took to his heels upon realising that his colleague had been shot and the game scouts failed to apprehend him.
The matter was reported at Chiredzi Police Station, leading to Masimba’s arrest at a hideout in Chiredzi.
Madzima and Masimba appeared before Chiredzi magistrate Georgina Ndava, who remanded them in custody after prosecutor Prosper Chipangura opposed bail on the grounds that the two were facing serious allegations.
Madzima is being detained at Chiredzi Hospital under police guard and the court had to go to the hospital where the initial hearing had to take place by his bedside.