Zimparks rangers exchange gun fire with poachers
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Zimparks rangers who were on a regular patron around Sinamatela in Hwange exchanged gun fire with six suspected poachers. The poachers managed to flee leaving behind around 18 pieces of ivory weighing approximately 200 kilogrammes, a rifle, five rounds of ammunition and a cell phone.
Zimparks Public Relations manager Mr Tinashe Farawo said investigations are still ongoing and reminded would be poachers that the authority will do everything in its powers to protect the country’s wildlife heritage.
Meanwhile two suspected poachers have appeared before the Victoria Falls Magistrate Ms Rangarirai Gakanje accused of contravening section 77(a) of the Environmental Management Agency Act after they were found in possession of cyanide. The two Victoria Falls residents 35 year old Mkhululi Nkomo and 32 year-old Noel Mwembe are accused of intentionally disposing into the environment 65 oranges mixed with cyanide.
The two were granted 50 dollars bail each and will be back in court on the 30th of August.