By Nomalanga Moyo
The president of an animal conservation group has called for government to set up a commission of inquiry, amid reports that another two members of a suspected poaching syndicate have been arrested.
The two were arrested last week and remanded in custody to October 8th, as the probe into the poisoning and killing of at least 100 elephants at Hwange National Park continues.
Clever Khumalo and Sipho Mafu appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove Tuesday, charged with breaching provisions of the Environmental Management Act.
Khumalo and Mafu are accused of teaming up with two others, who are still at large, and poisoning with the toxic chemical cyanide an unspecified number of elephants before removing their tusks.
It is alleged that the cyanide was poured into different animal watering holes as well as the grazing lands in the park, leading to the death through poisoning of multiple elephants and many other animals.
The suspects allegedly took a total of 22 tusks which they transported to Harare for sale to potential clients.
Last week three other poachers also involved in the cyanide case, Diyane Tshuma, Robert Maphosa, and Thabani Zondo were sentenced to at least 15 years jail each. Observers say this is just the tip of the poaching iceberg. More....