Lesleigh Chidawanyika, Court Reporter
Two Harare people yesterday appeared in court facing charges of unlawfully possessing rhinoceros horns valued at $120 000
Isabelle Mutambanenyundo and Martin Nyamapfeni were not asked to plead when they appeared before Harare magistrate Learnmore Mapiye.
They were remanded in custody to December 5 with instruction to apply for bail at the High Court.
Allegations are on November 15, police detective from CID Minerals, Flora and Fauna received information to the effect that Mutambanenyundo and Nyamapfeni were in possession of rhinoceros horns and were looking for a potential buyer along Engineering Road, Highfield, Harare.
The team reacted swift to the information and proceeded to Highlands Harare and upon arrival, they carried of some surveillance along Engineering Road Highfied.
The court heard that at around 3pm, the team saw the two accused persons coming out of house number 544 Engineering. Mutambanenyundo was carrying a small white sack which she handed over to Nyamapfeni as she was closing the gate.
They headed in a westward direction along Engineering Road whilst Nyamapfeni was still carrying the sack.
The detectives approached Mutambanenyundo and Nyamapfeni and introduced themselves; they requested to search the sack, which Nyamapfeni was holding, and they consented.
Detectives Shekwani recovered two pieces of suspected rhinoceros horns which were inside another multi coloured carrier bag.
The State alleged, Mutambanenyundo and Nyamapfeni were asked to produce a licence or permit which authorised them to possess rhinoceros horns but they failed leading to their arrest.
The recovered suspected rhinoceros horns were assayed by parks and wildlife management official, Everisto Simayo in their presence.
The court heard that one of the recovered horns was confirmed to be that of a cow whilst the other one was certified to be a rhinoceros horn.
The rhinoceros horn weighed 0.230 kilograms and was valued at $120 000.