HARARE – Three women found in possession of a pangolin were yesterday hauled before the courts for contravening sections of the Parks and Wildlife Act.
The law restricts keeping, having in possession, selling or disposal of any live, specially protected animal, meat or trophy of any such animals.
Future Bapiro, 35, of Old Highfield, Daisy Muripi Manjengwa, 33, of Highfield and Constance Kajasi, 32, of Budiriro 3, appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe. They were remanded to November 25.
Prosecutor Francisca Mukumbiri alleged that on October 28 this year, Borrowdale police officers were alerted that Bapiro, Manjengwa and Kajasi were in possession of a pangolin and were looking for a buyer.
Police officers and Parks and Wildlife Management Authority personnel teamed up and proceeded to Carrick Creagh and Crownhill Road in Borrowdale. They identified Bapiro, the court heard.
They reportedly produced police identity cards before inquiring about the pangolin which was alleged to be in her possession.
It is the state’s case that Bapiro led police officers to 11 Carrick Creagh where she had left the animal.
The court heard that she identified the pangolin in the presence of police officers and Parks and Wildlife officials.
She reportedly told the officers that the pangolin had been brought to Borrowdale by Majengwa, Kajasi and Elliot Mudzinganyama.
The three reportedly failed to produce a permit authorising them to deal or possess a live pangolin, leading to their arrest.
The pangolin was taken to Parks and Wildlife Management for valuation and safe keeping.
It was valued at $5 000.