Five Bu­l­awayo broth­ers nabbed for poach­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -


They pleaded not guilty and were re­manded to Oc­to­ber 18 for con­tin­u­a­tion of trial.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Ken­neth Shava said the five broth­ers went to Rose­burn farm last month and set traps to snare game.

“On Septem­ber 21 this year at around 7AM, the com­plainants (84 year-old James Chip­fumba, Tawanda Makoni and Vin­cent Dube who are game scouts), were con­duct­ing a rou­tine farm pa­trol when they stum­bled upon cop­per wire snares,” said Mr Shava.

Mr Makoni told the court the ‘poach­ers’ held him and ar­gued among them­selves on whether to kill him or set him free, when he caught them.

“When I got to them, they wanted to pounce on me with axes. They agreed to kill me. How­ever, I was saved by my col­league’s ar­rival. When Dube came, they fled, but I re­mained with one of the ac­cused per­sons’ shirt as I had re­moved it while we tus­sled,” said Mr Makoni.

The court heard that a re­port was made to the kraal­head who ad­vised the game scouts to no­tify the po­lice.

The farm man­ager filed a po­lice re­port and in­ves­ti­ga­tions were car­ried out lead­ing to the ar­rest of Gift and Bongani. They im­pli­cated the other three who went on the run but were rounded up by po­lice in a raid.

Three wounded im­palas, two eland hooves, a ze­bra hoof and 119 cop­per wire snares were re­cov­ered.

The to­tal value of re­cov­ered prop­erty was pegged at $3 000. @andile_t­shuma

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