Suspected poacher up for burglary

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FARAI Chitsa (34) of Old Pumula and his unidentified accomplices, who were out on bail for poaching jumbos at the Hwange National Park last year, were arrested for burglary on Tuesday.

MTHANDAZO NYONI
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Well-placed sources told Southern Eye that Chitsa and his accomplices were rounded up by police at a house in Old Pumula for allegedly breaking into several houses in the city and stealing property worth thousands of dollars.

Some of the burglars were detained at Pumula Police Station while others were taken to Nkulumane Police Station.

Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo could neither confirm nor deny the arrests but said the police “are still doing the investigations and we cannot disclose more information at this point”.

Chitsa was arrested last year together with seven suspected poachers for poisoning water ponds in the Hwange National Park resulting in the deaths of more than 100 elephants.

Thabani Zondo (24), Robert Maphosa (42) and Dedani Tshuma (25) were convicted on their own pleas of guilty of contravening the Environmental Management Act and illegal possession of ivory and sentenced to between 15 and 16 years.

However, Chitsa and Misheck Mafu (46) of Thula Line in Tsholotsho, Alexander Ngwenya (42) of Tshabalala, Nqobizitha Tshuma (25) of North End and Tinashe Sengwayo (22) of North End in Bulawayo were all granted bail.