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Trial date set for suspected poacher

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BINGA The trial of a suspected poacher who was shot and seriously injured by Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers during a raid at Chizarira National Park last month has been set for February 5.

Takunda Gundani (26) of Simuchembu village in Gokwe was allegedly shot by the rangers on December 23 and arrested while his six alleged accomplices fled.

The shooting occurred after they had killed a warthog. Gundani was admitted at Binga District Hospital under police guard.

Two weeks ago, he was transferred to Mpilo Hospital where his condition is said to be stable. Last Thursday, Binga magistrate Stephen Ndlovu remanded the case to February 5 for trial.

He has already pleaded guilty to the offence. Gundani told the rangers that on the fateful day he was hunting for animals with his six colleagues who ran away.

We had killed a warthog. After sharing it and when I was lifting my share of the meat, rangers shot and hit me in the knee without warning.

We were not carrying guns, we had just our dogs and spears, Gundani said.

He said his colleagues managed to run away while he remained behind due to the injuries. The State case is that on December 23 last year, Gundani and his alleged accomplices hunted down and killed a warthog at Chizarira National Park in Binga. The rangers shot at Gundani in the knee and immediately arrested him.

Bruce Maphosa is prosecuting.

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