A poacher died this week after being shot during a fire fight with game rangers at Matusadonha national park, the parks and wildlife authority has confirmed.
In a statement the department said the poacher seriously injured during the encounter which occurred on Wednesday. “Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers who were on patrol in Matusadonha had an armed contact with four poachers,” the department said.
“One poacher, who is believed to be the gunner and had no identification particulars on him, was shot and seriously injured.
“He was taken to Kariba Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. The other three poachers managed to escape. “The rangers recovered a 303 rifle,25x303 live round ammunition, one scale, one cell-phone, one kilogramme flour, one black pot, one plate, two knives, one kilogramme sugar, one kilogramme fresh elephant meat and one fresh elephant tail.”
Meanwhile, the opposition MDC-T party has demanded a commission of inquiry to probe the killing of elephants at Hwange National Park.
“The MDC’s demands follow the recent unlawful arrests and severe torture of villagers in Tsholotsho and surrounding villages by the police and game rangers and claims by Zanu PF that it is not behind the killings,” said the party’s tourism spokesperson Thamsanqa Mahlangu.
This is happening when the massacre of the elephants for their ivory continues to increase. As a party, the MDC condemns these arrests as they are totally primitive, inhumane and degrading.” More....