On the 21st of November 2013 rangers who were deployed in the Kachara area of Chewore South (Mkanga) heard the sound of some gun shots in the area late in the evening. The following morning they reacted towards the direction of the shots and at around 0900hrs they picked up a spoor of three. They tracked it for a while and later decided to lay an ambush assuming that the same people would use the same route on their way out.
At around 0945hrs whilst on ambush near Maura spring area, they noticed three people from a distance coming towards them. On close scrutiny they realized that one of them was carrying a firearm and was definitely not one of their own.
When the poachers were clearly visible, they suddenly changed the direction firing at the rangers. This was the point where our Rangers realized that the poachers might escape hence they opened fire trying to aim at the gunner. However they missed the gunner and shot one of the poachers in the head.
An impala hind and forequarter were dropped and recovered on the scene whilst the other two accomplices made good their escape with their weapon. The contact scene was attended to by ZRP Chirundu on the same day.
It is most likely that these are local poachers from either Kazangarare or other close communities.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is appealing for assistance to ensure that rangers are properly equipped against the adverse weather conditions if the Authority is to continue enjoying good results from them. They do not have tents to cushion them against the rains.
Investigations are continuing.