Three poachers jailed nine years

HARARE - Three poachers have been jailed for nine years after they were found guilty of illegal possession of ivory.

Magistrate Tendai Mahwe gave the trio a mandatory sentence for the ivory that weighed 107kg and cost $26 750, according to the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

On July 13, 2012 detectives from the Mineral Unit in Harare, received information that Chaita Enock Mahoya, 41, Farisai Mudzimba, 38, and Samson Mutereko, 45, were in illegal possession of elephant tusks and were looking for a buyer.

The trio headed for 76 McLery Avenue in Eastlea.

When the three arrived in Eastlea, the detectives pounced on them and searched the car, before recovering 16 tusks stashed in three 50 kg bags.

They failed to produce a licence or permit which allowed them to be in possession of the ivory, leading to their arrest. - Helen Kadirire

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