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Cops face elephant tusk theft charge

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Three members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police allegedly stole elephant tusks weighing 59,6kg and sold them in Botswana.

Tinashe Manezi (24), Anxious Kodoya (25) and Daniel Manjengwa (31) were remanded out of custody to November 1 after they appeared before regional magistrate Morgan Nemadire early this week.

The court heard that the three were stationed at Kazungula Police Station in Matabeleland North province.

The state alleges that sometime in October 2008, Manezi and Kodoya went to Matetsi Unit 6 safari area where they allegedly found six pieces of elephant tusks.

The two officers did not report their finding to the authorities but instead transferred the tusks to the no-man’s land between Zimbabwe and Botswana, the state alleges.

Manezi and Kodoya allegedly connived and made arrangements to sell the six tusks to a Tswana national, only identified in court papers as David.

The state further alleges that Manjengwa was left manning the police base in the company of one Constable Nyoni while the other policemen had gone for anti-poaching duties.

Manjengwa allegedly told Nyoni that he wanted to visit the toilet only to return after three hours.

Upon his return he told Nyoni he had found a dead elephant which he intended to report to the authorities but never did, the state alleges.

On the same day, Kodoya came in a vehicle on the Botswana side and took Manjengwa with him.

The two officers returned later and allegedly offered Nyoni P1 000 as his share of the proceeds from the sale of the elephant tusks, but the latter allegedly declined.

Kodoya and Manjengwa were stopped at a roadblock in Botswana and upon being searched, the tusks were discovered leading to their arrest. They implicated Manezi.

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