Man found with tusks

HARARE - A Democratic Republic of Congo refugee who was caught with 21 elephant tusks was arraigned before the Harare Magistrates’ Court.

Daniel Mpa, 64, is facing unlawful possession of unregistered or unmarked ivory as defined in section 128 of the Parks and Wildlife Act.

The court heard that on August 27 this year at Roadesville Shopping Centre in Harare, police detectives acting on a tip-off found Mpa in possession of 21 elephant tusks which were wrapped in black sheeting hidden under some cabbages and oranges at the back of a Toyota Hilux pick-up.

The value of the ivory is $62 250 and all was recovered.

Magistrate Anita Tshuma remanded Mpa in custody to September 14 as the state had to look for a Lingala speaking interpreter to start his case. — Court Writer

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