A suspected Poacher on Friday collapsed and died at the entrance of Dete Police Station, New Zimbabwe Reports. 30-year-old Brighton Munkombwe of Douglasdale in Bulawayo collapsed and died at the charge office where was being moved to for his arrest.
This was contained in a report by the Zimbabwe National Parks written by senior ranger Enos Mudenda of Hwange Main Camp. Part of the report detailing Munkombwe’s death reads:
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On 29 May at 3 pm the informant who is employed by the Zimbabwe National Parks as a ranger received a tip-off that Munkombwe was trading in ivory at Hankano area in Gwayi,
The informant teamed up with two support unit police officers and four other rangers and laid an ambush at 7 pm along Gwayi-Lusulu road
at around midnight, Munkombwe and four unidentified men appeared from the direction of Gwayi business centre carrying a pair of ivory.”
The reaction team tried to arrest the five but they fled into the darkness.
Munkombwe, who was carrying a black satchel, failed to keep speed and was arrested. The recovered bag had three kilogrammes of cyanide.
The reaction team recovered two elephant tusks abandoned by the four suspects when they fled.
The team took Munkombwe to Dete Police Station but he collapsed on arrival at the entrance to the charge office.
After he collapsed ZRP took Munkombwe to Dete Clinic For COVID-19 screening but he died before they could help him. His body was taken to Hwange Colliery Mortuary before being transferred to Bulawayo for post mortem.
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