Tsholotsho Magistrate Mr T Zhou has sentenced Amos Dube 34 years old Dyke Ncube 51 years old and Samuel Mavundla, all of Tsholotsho, to two years in prison for Illegal hunting elephants using cyanide. The two were further asked to pay US$100 000.00 compensation value to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority by December 2013.
The were charged under section : C/S 24 (1) (b) of the Parks and Wildlife Act Chapter 20:14 “Illegal hunt of elephants in Hwange National Park using cyanide” The two accused persons pleaded guilty.
The following were recovered ivory weighing 162,50kilogrammes valued at US$55 787,50 and cyanide estimated to be 1,5 Kilograms was recovered from the accused person as well as one leopard skin.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Public Relations Manager, Caroline Washaya-Moyo said poachers have of late resorted to poaching elephants through the use of poison such as temick and cynide.She added that this unethical method tends to wipe out anything that it comes to contact with. The poison is either placed in water bodies and or food. The Authority has also stepped up its campaign programmes with communities that reside in wildlife areas to desist from consuming meat from animals they find dead.
Investigations are continuing.