31 October 2014
   
New Zimbabwe Header
Weakened MDC-T hopes to reboot
Vote Mujuru out, says Mugabe
Zim loses $6 billion tobacco revenue
War vets’ leader savaged by Mugabe
Interview: Ex-PM on congress and vision
Mugabe tries to save ‘Gamatox’ Mutasa
EU lifts economic sanctions on Zim
Top SA court orders Zim torture probe
MORE NEWS
$18mln entertainment park for Vic Falls
Profiteering fuels US$3bln import bill
MORE BUSINESS
Mhere, Zhakata to share Cape Town stage
Macheso son-in-law threatens expose
MORE SHOWBIZ
Caps United ruin league campaign
Mahachi: South Africa PSL defenders slow
MORE SPORTS
Participation and reality based Economics
Africa: Not yet Uhuru
MORE OPINION
 
Dr Chireka: On the junior doctors' strike
Open letter to Grace Mugabe
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 
Poacher killed in gun fight with rangers
29/12/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
 
Suspected poacher killed ... Caroline Washaya-Moyo
 
RELATED STORIES

RANGERS killed one poacher and arrested three others while nine escaped following gun fights in the western Midlands over Christmas, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has said.

In a statement, ZimParks public relations manager Caroline Washaya-Moyo said an assortment of poaching equipment, carcasses and elephant tasks were recovered during the operations.

“Rangers followed a spoor at Sengwa Wildlife Research Institute Area in western Gokwe leading to the discovery of eight poachers cutting fresh buffalo carcass,” she said.

“The poachers shot at the rangers leading to a fierce exchange of gunfire that resulted in two poachers - Kudakwashe Sibanda (16) of Wachi village in Chief Simuchembo and Samson Ncube also from the same area – sustaining injuries and were captured.

“Unfortunately Julius Sibanda also from Simuchembo died of his injuries and his body was taken to Gokwe Hospital mortuary.”

Items recovered following the fire-fight included a male adult buffalo carcass and rifles.

In a separate incident, five poachers from Zimbabwe’s northern neighbor, Zambia, illegally swooped into Hurungwe Safari Area where they encountered ZimParks rangers and another gun-battle ensued.

“Themba Mpansi was wounded and captured while four other poachers escaped. We recovered one elephant tusk, two AK47 magazines, 40 rounds of AK 47 ammunition, camping equipment and grocery items,” Washaya-Moyo added.

Poaching has become a huge ecological problem for the country with at least 100 elephants said to have been killed through cyanide poisoning in the Hwange National Park that.

Meanwhile ZimParks has reported a hundred percent uptake of all its facilities country-wide during the festive season.

“We have seen a rise in locals visiting tourists’ attraction areas,” said Washaya-Moyo.

“ZimParks has come up with strategies that will see the domestic tourism rise outside public holidays. Already we have introduced day trips to Chinhoyi which have been well received.

“This has prompted ZimParks to consider other destinations where day trips will be introduced for 2014.”

Washaya-Moyo stressed that locals have now adopted a culture of visiting tourist attraction areas during holidays.

“Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools, Chinhoyi caves and Nyanga National Park remain the biggest tourist attractions for local, regional and international tourists,” she said.



Advertisement


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark
 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker