MP’s vehicle, nephew implicated in rhino poaching

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MP’s vehicle, nephew implicated in rhino poaching Suspected tools of trade

H-Metro

2 August 2016

The suspected poachers

The suspected poachers

MUZARABANI North MP Alfred Mufunga’s vehicle was reportedly used in suspected rhino poaching after the former’s nephew was nabbed driving the vehicle along Save Valley over the weekend.

The nephew, Moses Moses, whom the MP confirmed to be his nephew and mechanic, was arrested along with three other suspected poachers at a conservancy in Chishakwe area.

Reports are that the group of four was arrested in Chishakwe with two vehicles over the weekend.

Allegations are that the fifth person, a driver of the second vehicle escaped after the vehicle tyres were deflated buy gun shots during the operation.

Suspected tools of trade

Suspected tools of trade

Speaking to H-Metro, the MP confirmed the incident and admitted that his vehicle was used but without his knowledge.

“I can confirm that my vehicle was used after I left it with my nephew at the garage since he is a mechanic.

“I am not sure of what happened because I left it at the garage under his supervision.

“I had gone for elections in Mazowe but I am sure he took advantage of my absence since it was a weekend.

“He took the car and used it without my knowledge and he is currently detained at the police with my vehicle also,” he said.

A close source told H-Metro that the four were arrested during the operation.

“Of these four arrested three were arrested inside the Conservancy at Chishakwe on their way to poach rhinos.

“The three were armed with two rifles all fitted with silencers and the rifles include a 303 and 458 believed to be from South Africa.”

“The man was driving the MP twin cab and the accused had a lot of 458 ammunition.

“The gang could have been involved in poaching of rhinos in Chipangai.”

Poacher 2

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management spokesperson Caroline Washaya-Moyo was evasive to comment on the issue but rather confirmed another incident.

“I can only confirm the arrest of the notorious and most wanted poachers in Musambakaruma, Gokwe.

“Two notorious poachers, Matandira Gomweso and Caston Magejo of Village 8 E, Copper Queen, Nembudziya, Gokwe, were arrested in two separate incidents during a combined ZR Police and National Parks operations.

“Gomweso was arrested on the July 17 at Musambakaruma, near Matusadonha National Park.

“Gomweso, who has been on the run since 2011 after he was arrested for poaching elephants in Matusadonha National Park, was arrested in the company of Lawrence Nhunduma ,29, and Trick Maurukira when they were found in possession of two elephant tusks.”

Poacher

Washaya-Moyo added:

“Gomweso was once arrested by Matusadonha Anti-poaching rangers on the April in 2011 at Musamba Tsetse gate with seven others for poaching.

“Eight elephant tusks were recovered from a metallic white Land Rover Defender that he was driving. He absconded when he was granted bail by a Karoi Magistrate Court.”

While, Magejo was arrested at Nyarushanga River in Chishakwe Save Valley Conservancy for rhino poaching on July 26 this year after he had teamed up with four other suspects, who were identified as Moses Moses of Glen Norah, Harare, Fainda Chitiga of Warren Park D, Harare, Shimmer Tonderai Gwatidzo Bere of
Gudhure village, Chief Dandawa, Hurungwe and the fifth on, only identified as Tsopo, escaped, leaving behind the vehicle he was driving.

“The poachers were using two vehicles, a Ford Ranger and a Mazda Cronos as get away cars. A 458 rifle fitted with a silencer and a .303 were recovered from the accused persons as well as thirty rounds of ammunition.”

In a related incident, Shadreck Mjova (45) and Shepherd Magwada, who is a long distance truck driver employed by Whelson Transport were arrested at a police roadblock near Ngundu Halt Business Center in Masvingo Province.

“A 303 hunting rifle, three 303 rounds of ammunition, one knife, two touches and one firearm magazine which were hidden in the truck were recovered. The poachers were intending to go and poach rhinos in the Bubye Valley Conservancy.”

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