Poachers locked away

BINGA — Four poachers were on Wednesday slapped with an effective one-year jail term each after they set 37 wire snares, killing four impalas at Chizarira National Park in Binga.

Tony Midimba (43), Simon Mugande (44), Simon Munombe (48) and Sanganisa Mutale (25) all from Lusulu area in Binga, pleaded guilty to the poaching charge when they appeared before Binga resident magistrate Stephen Ndlovu.

The magistrate sentenced them to two years each in jail, but suspended 12 months on condition they paid $4 000 restitution to the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority before December 31 this year and that they would not be convicted on a similar offence in the next five years.

The court heard that sometime in May this year, the four went to Chizarira National Park where they set 37 class one wire snares and killed four impalas.

Patrol rangers caught them red-handed carrying impala meat, hides, snares and horns.

David Never Shiku prosecuted.

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