The Police, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and Forestry Commission officers have arrested a total of five people in connection with cyanide poisoning in Ngamo Forest, Lupane. The names of the arrested people are William Ncube , Elvis Nkomo and Sikhumbuzo Sibindi, Johannes Mukombwe aged 29 years and Mkhululi Ncube aged 36 years all from Lupane.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Public Relations Manager Caroline Washaya-Moyo says William Ncube was reported to be both a buyer and supplier of cyanide and three (3) kilograms of cyanide were recovered from him. He admitted to having poisoned two (2) elephants in the Forestry area, led investigators for indications and showed them three 20 litre containers which he used as bait for the elephants. Washaya-Moyo added that William admitted to setting the baits in the company of Elvis Nkomo and Sikhumbuzo Sibindi and further admitted buying ivory from Mkhululi Ncube and Johannes Mukombwe. Ncube and selling it to a Zimbabwean named Tshuma who is residing in South Africa. All the five people were arrested between 11 and 14 November 2013 and are appearing at Hwange Magistrate court today , 15 November 2013, facing charges of contravening the Environment Management Act and the Parks and Wildlife Act.
Investigations are continuing.