Five more people believed to be involved in the cyanide poisoning of 10 elephants in Ngamo Safaris in Lupane have been arrested while five others were arrested for poaching game at the University of Zimbabwe farm in Harare this week.
This brings to 22 the number of people who have been arrested following the deaths of about 100 elephants in Hwange National Park in August this year.
The five suspects, William Ncube, Elvis Nkomo, Sikhumbuzo Sibindi, Johannes Mukombwe (29) and Mkhululi Ncube (36) all from Lupane were arrested by police, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and Forestry Commission officers in a joint operation to crack down on poachers.
They were arrested between November 11 and 14 and are expected to appear in court soon facing charges of contravening the Environment Management Act and the Parks and Wildlife Act.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority public relations manager Ms Caroline Washaya-Moyo said Ncube (William) was reported to be both a buyer and supplier of cyanide and three 3kg of cyanide were recovered from him.
"He admitted to having poisoned two elephants in the Forestry area, led investigators for indications and showed them three 20-litre containers which he used as bait for the elephants.
Ms Washaya-Moyo said Ncube (William) admitted to setting the baits in the company of Nkomo and Sibindi. He further admitted to buying ivory from Ncube (Mkhululi) and Mukombwe.
It is alleged that William sells the ivory to a Zimbabwean called Tshuma who is based in South Africa. More....