Prophet, poacher arrested for killing pangolin

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TWO suspected poachers, one of them claiming to be a prophet, have been arrested in Mashonaland East province and charged for killing a pangolin.

By Nokuthaba Dlamini

In a statement, the Matusadona Anti-Poaching Project (MAPP) said the two were arrested at Doma Safaris at the weekend and were likely to appear in court yesterday.

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“The very successful team, only known as the Black Mamba, has struck again! Last night they infiltrated a poacher group attempting to sell a pangolin that the poachers had been keeping in a plastic container for some days. After a short fight with the poachers, two were arrested (including an individual who says he is a church prophet),” MAPP said on Sunday. The project said it was appealing for financial resources to step up anti-poaching activities in the area and applauded other stakeholders for working with them.

On Sunday in the same safari, three poachers were arrested in what anti-poaching activists believe was a breakthrough in efforts to track down a syndicate linked to the alleged killing of elephants on the Zambezi Valley.

MAPP said the three were arrested after killing an elephant. Fresh ivory and a .303 assault rifle were allegedly recovered from the scene.

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