Court convicts four rhino poachers

By Farayi Machamire

Four villagers could face up to three years’ imprisonment after being convicted of killing a specially protected animal.

Poachers targeting rhino calves in Zimbabwe
Poachers target rhino calves in Zimbabwe

Godfrey Makechemu, 47, Ignatius Maiga, 30, Farai Chauno, 27, and Celestino Shate, 35, were convicted by Masvingo magistrate Peter Madiba after a full trial.

Madiba ruled that the quartet, not being holders of a valid permit had intentionally and unlawfully hunted rhinoceroses, which are specially protected animals by following their spoor.

They were also found guilty of a second count of possession of a firearm without a firearm certificate as well as a third count of contravening the Firearms Act by fitting onto a firearm a silencing device without having obtained written permission of the comptroller.

The complainant was represented by legal counsel Prisca Daka of Speak Out For Animals. DailyNews