TWO suspected poachers on Monday appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court facing criminal charges of unlawful possession of a rhinoceros horn.
Martin Nyamapfeni and Isabelle Mutambanenyundo were arrested on November 16, 2019 after they were caught in Highfield in possession of a horn weighing 0.230 kilograms and valued at ZWL120 000.
This followed Sergeant Banhu, Katyamakwara, Shekwani and Constable Chimunya from CID Minerals, Flora and Fauna Unit Harare’s tip off that the accused were in possession of the horn but without a licence following the Parks and Wildlife Act.
The detectives found them along Engineering road, Highfield where the accused were allegedly looking for buyers.
Shekwani searched the white sack the two were carrying and found two pieces of suspected rhino horns which were inside another multi-coloured carrier bag, the other horn found by the detectives was confirmed to be that of a cow whilst the other was certified to be a rhinoceros horn.
The rhino horn was produced in court for exhibit.