Council loses out to Zambian poachers

The Hurungwe Rural District Council is losing $500 000 per year in revenue to illegal poaching activities in its conservancies by armed Zambian poachers.

Council Chief Executive Officer, Joram Gumbo, said that poachers from Zambia were wrecking havoc in the area, killing elephants for tusks which they sell illegally to business syndicates abroad.

"We are losing revenue and we urge the courts to pass deterrent sentences in order to save our wildlife," said Moyo.

He added that the council should get $10 000 for a single bull elephant from trophy hunters, but that jumbos were being killed secretly by armed poachers.

"The police are conniving with poachers. They are taking bribes and not doing much to stop these illegal activities. They are harbouring these poachers," said a local villager who declined to be named for fear of reprisal.

However, police refuted the claims saying a lack of adequate resources was hampering their efforts to fight poaching activities in the district.

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