The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have both disowned a 303 rifle that was abandoned by suspected poachers in Bubye Conservancy.
The poachers encountered game rangers last week in the Conservancy and ran away, leaving the gun behind.
ZNA spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore said in a statement:
It has since been established from police records that the weapon in question is actually a 303 rifle whose serial number is L9422 and not an AK47 as reported in the media.
In an interview with Newsday on Wednesday, the officer commanding Beitbridge Police District Chief Superintendent Tichaona Nyongo had this to say:
The serial number of that gun is not in the Firearms Registry. We are still trying to investigate its origins, but it is not correct to say it is from the Zimbabwe National Army. Police are still investigating.
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The Zimbabwe National Army is the country's military wing which was established with the role of ensuring territorial integrity, peace, stability and security. The force was established in 1980 after the country attained its Independence from colonial rule. Read More About Zimbabwe National Army
The Zimbabwe Republic Police is the country's law enforcing and maintaining organ. It was established in 1980 evolving from the Rhodesian Police and incorporated members from both the Rhodesian and the nationalist forces. It operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Read More About Zimbabwe Republic Police
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