Man found with four Gaboon Vipers

A man was yesterday arrested after being found in unlawful possession of four deadly Gaboon Vipers packed in a sack.

Mathew Aidini (23) of Nyamhinde village under Chief Chikomba of Honde Valley was travelling to Harare where he allegedly intended to sell the snakes to an undisclosed Whiteman who owns a "snake garden."

He was immediately arrested by police officers manning the roadblock at Bonda turn-off after the bus he was travelling in went through a routine search that led to the discovery.

Aidini was taken to Mutasa Police Station.

He is being charged for contravening Section 59 (2) (b) of the National Parks and Wildlife Act Chapter 14:02, which prohibits the removal of any animal or part of an animal from any land without a license from the Minister of Tourism and Environment Management.

Nyanga police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Musiiwa Bere confirmed the case.

"Police officers who were operating a roadblock at Bonda turn-off arrested one Mathew Aidini who was in possession of four deadly Gaboon Viper snakes stashed in a sack following a bus routine search.

"He is being charged under Section 59 (2) (b) of the National Parks and Wildlife Act Chapter 14:02.

"Aidini put so many people's lives at risk by ferrying the most poisonous snakes in the province using public transport," said Ass Insp Bere.

He said Aidini is assisting police with investigations.

Nyanga National Parks and Wildlife collected the snakes from Mutasa Police Station to Nyanga National Parks.

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