Inquest over deaths of suspected poachers

An inquest will look into the increasing number of suspected poachers killed in the Malilangwe Conservancy Trust amid reports that at least 20 suspected poachers have been shot dead in the sancturary since 2008.

The inquest was set up barely a month after two suspected poachers were shot dead after an exchange of gunfire with game guards. It will be chaired by Chiredzi senior Magistrate Tayengwa Chibanda.

The inquest was established following complaints from the Dumba family after James Dumba was shot and killed in December last year. They suspect foul play resulting in the establishment of an inquest to look into the deaths of suspected poachers in the sanctuary.

Malilangwe Conservancy Trust management refused to talk to The Zimbabwean ***********about the inquest . The bodies of the recently killed poachers are still lying at Chiredzi general hospital mortuary. Masvingo police spokesman Assistant Inspector Nkululeko Nduna urged the public to visit Chiredzi hospital mortuary to identify the bodies of the deceased.

A 303 rifle and several rounds of ammunition were recovered by the game guards following the incident. According to police sources the two game guards on patrol in the sanctuary heard some people talking in the bush. They hid themselves but one of the suspected poachers had already spotted them and he opened fire. A fierce exchange of gunfire ensued, resulting in the two poachers being shot dead.

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