Attempt to sell pangolin backfires

Michael Magoronga
FIVE Gokwe men will forever rue the day they attempted to sell a live pangolin after they were sold out and arrested.

The five appeared in court on Monday after they were arrested by Gokwe detectives acting on a tip-off.

Tawanda Ngara (33), Phillip Murimira (39), Innocent Mungoro (38), Moses Muguti (35) and Clemence Mukumirwa (33) were all arraigned before Gokwe magistrate Mr Musaiona Shortgame facing charges of selling a specially protected animal without a licence.

They were remanded in custody to 17 September for setting of a trial date after they pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Prosecuting, Mr Maxwell Tapfira told the court that on the 1 September, the quintet attempted to sell the animal.

Police received a tip-off to the effect that the accused persons were in possession of a live pangolin and intended to sell it.

Acting on the tip-off, a team comprising Gokwe-CID, MBCU, Parks and Wildlife officials launched an investigation on the matter.

The team then obtained Ngaraa��s contacts which they used to contact the group and masqueraded as potential buyers.

Arrangements were made that the two groups meet at Galliver area along Gokwe-Chitekete road for the completion of the deal.

Upon arrival, the detectives spotted a Toyota Granvia which was parked and they surrounded the car.

They then identified themselves before searching the car.

They found the pangolin neatly tucked in a plastic dish and put in a brown cotton bale.

The pangolin, weighing 9,77 kilogrammes, was seized by the Parks and Wildlife management officials who were part of the investigation team. reviews on new healthy man complaints. viagra su ebay. 1767 buy clonidine overnight cheap xenical. san jose costa rica pharmacies. .