Two nabbed for illegal possession of ivory

By ZBC Reporter

26 year old Peacewell Muranganwa of Domboshava and James Ngocho aged 37 of Guruve were arraigned before Guruve Magistrates Court for unlawful possession of unregistered and unmarked ivory.

Prosecutor Albert Charehwa told the court that on 4 January this year, Muranganwa approached an undercover officer from the International Anti-poaching Organisation in Harare with the intention of selling ivory which was in Guruve.  

The two travelled to Guruve the following day and along the way they picked a Zimparks Wildlife Officer who was also under cover and the second accomplice, Ngocho.

The suspects led the officers into a tobacco barn were three pieces of ivory weighing a total of 15 kilogrammes were kept, leading to their arrest.

The ivory is valued at USD2 567 and the accused have been remanded in custody to the 19th of January.