HARARE – A Zimbabwe court has sentenced two poachers to at least nine years in prison each for illegal possession of elephant tusks valued at $400.
A Harare magistrate on Wednesday sentenced Obey Ngirazi and Panganayi Maizinga to nine years in prison with hard labour at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts.
Ngirazi was a counseling officer at Tsungubvi Clinic while his co-accused Panganayi Maizinga was a final year student in land surveying at Harare Polytechnic.
The two were arrested on September 16 in Greendale while in possession of two small elephant tusks weighing 1,6 kgs valued at $400,00.
Caroline Washaya-Moyo, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority public relations manager, said the authority was not going to give any room to any offenders to continue with their illegal activities.
“Parks commends the trend of appropriate sentences that are being passed to wildlife offenders in line with the current legislation,” Washaya-Moyo said.
Elephant tusks are highly sought after for Asia’s ivory trade.
There are more than 120 000 elephants living in Zimbabwe’s national parks.