Suspected poachers remanded

TWO men suspected to be part of a poaching syndicate who were arrested in Tsholotsho three weeks ago leading to the recovery of 224kg of elephants tusks valued at $56 000 were yesterday further remanded in custody to March 26.

Senior Court Reporter

Busani Moyo (36) of Bhule 2 Village, Chief Magama in Tsholotsho and Cornelius Mudimba (35) of Kariangwe Village, Chief Siansole, Binga, appeared before Hwange resident magistrate Lindiwe Maphosa yesterday for routine remand.

The pair was coming from prison after Maphosa last week denied them bail arguing that they were a flight risk.

They had not been asked to plead to contravening Section 128 (b) of the Parks and Wildlife Act as read with Statutory instrument 362 of 1990 (poaching).

Tonderai Mukuku is representing them.

Charges against the pair are that police in Tsholotsho received information that Moyo and Mudimba were allegedly dealing in ivory.
Acting on the information from the public, Tsholotsho Police Station officers teamed up with Lupane detectives and raided Moyo’s homestead.

They carried out a search at the homestead leading to the recovery of 27 elephant tusks and five pieces of ivory.

Police arrested Mudimba while Moyo fled under the cover of darkness.

However, Moyo was arrested after two days when the police used his brother to phone him and lure him home under the guise that the police wanted to negotiate with him.

When he eventually came, police pounced on him.

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