Lesleigh Chidawanyika , Court Reporter
Two Harare men were yesterday dragged to court for illegal possession of raw ivory worth $8 290.
Nicholas Muroiwa and Eldon Bvumbe pleaded guilty when they appeared before Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko charged with contravening section 45 (1) (b) of the Parks and Wildlife Act Chapter 20:14, “Unlawful possession of raw ivory and ivory products.”
They were remanded in custody to today for sentencing.
The State had it that on February 14 this year, Detective Darangwa who was on duty picked up information that the accused persons who had ivory which they intended to sell and were to meet their buyer at Queensdale Shopping Centre in Harare.
They were supplied with the type of motor vehicle which was used by Muroiwa and Bvunde.
On 14 February, three detectives from Criminal Investigation Department and Vehicle Theft Squad proceeded to Queensdale Shopping Centre in Harare where they observed the said vehicle in the parking area.
Upon arrival, the detectives introduced themselves as detectives from CID VTS and also advised them their mission to conduct a search in their vehicle.
A search was conducted and three pieces of raw ivory were recovered in a satchel that was being held by Muroiwa who was seated in the front seat whilst Bvumbe was driving the vehicle, a Nissan Sunny VIP registration number 1780 AEB.
The recovered raw ivory and motor vehicle were taken as exhibits.