Norton man nabbed in botched ivory smuggling deal

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A Norton man has been hauled before a Harare magistrate facing allegations of contravening the Parks and Wildlife Act after he intentionally connived with his wife to export ivory unlawfully which valued USD$ 34 000 00.

Rainstone Masukuta (40) appeared before Harare Magistrate Lenmore Mapiya facing charges of contravening the parks and wildlife Act.

The State led by Sebastian Mutizirwa alleges that sometime in December  2017 ,Masukuta and his wife who has already appeared before the courts ,connived and gave a clearing agent Ephraim Ncube  ivory weighing a total of 200kg disguised as kitchen tiles to export to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 Ephraim processed all the paperwork and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) then gave clearance to export the processed ivory on the basis that they were ceramic tiles.

The State heard that the accused persons in  company of the Ncube then processed to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport and the accused persons paid some of USD $ 799-00 as export Fee.

Further, they went through International Cargo Solutions where they went through the first physical examination and the processed to  National Handling Services where the boxes were supposed to go through a second physical examination by stakeholders at the international airport.

They went through the scan whereupon they became suspicious prompting the calling of Phillimon November an official of Zimbabwe Parks and wildlife management Authority who then confirmed that the purported ceramic tiles were actually processed ivory.

Meanwhile, Masukuta who was waiting by his vehicle became suspicious, drove off and disappeared from the scene.

The State also heard that on 5 August, information was received to the effect that Masukuta returned to his house leading to his arrest.

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