Safari operator charged with failure to secure firearms

A Bulawayo safari operator has been arrested for keeping his business firearm unsecured at his home in breach of conditions on his certificate compelling him to safely keep it at his workplace.

BY SILAS NKALA

Thulani Matiwaza of Tegela in Bulawayo of Lalapansi Safaris, was not asked to plead to the charge of failing to secure the firearm when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Franklin Mkhwananzi yesterday.

He was remanded out of custody to April 20.

The court heard that on March 27, police received information that Matiwaza had a suspected unlicensed firearm at his residence.

They raided the house and recovered the firearm, a Bruno rifle, stashed under his bed, leading to his arrest.

The firearm is for safari operations and should have been lodged at 95A Leander Avenue Hillside in Bulawayo after any hunting trip as prescribed by the firearms certificate.

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