Two soldiers jailed 9 years (Zimbabwe)
Trevor Mutsvairo, The Standard
January 19, 2024
Two soldiers were on Thursday sentenced to nine years in jail for illegal
possession of ivory.
Wilfred Minesi (33) and Virimayi Nyandoro (36) who were employees of the
Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) stationed at One Commando Regiment in Harare
appeared before magistrate Ruth Moyo.
They were facing charges of contravening the Parks and Wildlife Act.
Their alleged accomplices, Maxwell Nduna and Micheal Zhaunkinyu, were
acquitted due to lack of evidence. State prosecutor Mandy Chigumira said on
April 2 in 2021, detectives from CID Minerals Flora and Fauna Unit Harare
received information that there were men looking for potential buyers of
Detectives managed to contact Nduna who led them to the suspects. Upon
meeting with the detectives, Minesi and Nyandoro confirmed having two
elephant tusks that they intended to sell for US$40 per kilogramme.
The duo said it had hidden the ivory in Mukuvisi River near Brooks Drive,
Hillside, Harare. They then led detectives to Mukuvisi River where the
ivory was retrieved.
Upon seeing the ivory, the detectives identified themselves as CID Minerals
Flora and Fauna Unit members.
The court heard that the duo failed to produce any licence or permit that
authorised it to possess the ivory, leading to its arrest.