Villagers accuse cops

The Hurungwe Rural District Council is losing an estimated $500 000 a year in revenue to illegal poaching activities.

Council Chief Executive Officer, Joram Gumbo said armed Zambian poachers from killing elephants for tusks.

Council gets $10 000 for a single bull elephant trophy hunting from professional hunters.

In partnership with game scouts, the council has increased patrols

in the area. But villagers who live near the Zambian boarder accused police officers of taking bribes from poachers.

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

The police refuted the claims saying lack of adequate resources

was hampering their efforts to fight poaching.

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