Four poachers from Dete area in Matabeleland North have been convicted for using cyanide to poison elephants and being found in possession of elephant tusks.
Wonder Nyathi, Abel Ndlovu, Brilliant Chirwa and Killet Nyathi all from Magoli village in Dete are alleged to have connived in the saga.
The state’s case is that on the 30th of July, police and Zimparks officers discovered elephant droppings coming out of Hwange National Park.
The patrol team followed the elephant droppings which led to Senzeni Ndlovu’s homestead in Magoli village where they arrested Wonder Nyathi who was found in possession of eight elephant tusks and a black digital weighing scale.
Nyathi who failed to produce a permit authorising him to be in possession of the elephants tusks in turn fingered the other three co-accused as the owners of the loot, saying he was only ensuring safe keeping.
The tusks weighing almost 32 kilogrammes were valued at over $5000.
The four who appeared before Hwange Magistrate, Mr Livard Philemon were convicted and were remanded in custody awaiting sentencing.