Zimbabwean wildlife ranger who was arrested for possession of ivory is yet to appear in court

UPDATE:

– Gun shots were fired as Noel tried to flee and he was arrested, a source at ZimParks revealed.

John Cassim

Harare, Zimbabwe – A senior Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) wildlife ranger based in Chinhoyi, 115km west of the capital Harare, who was arrested for allegedly being in possession of 80kgs of ivory, is yet to appear in court, ConserveZim has heard.

Noel Zuze, was arrested nearly two weeks ago and the ZimParks Public Relations Manager, Tinashe Farawo posted on his X (formerly Twitter) confirming the arrest although he didn’t mention the name.

ConserveZim investigated further and the name Noel Zuze was revealed.

Apparently, Noel is alleged to have been looking for buyers for the ivory which resulted in the whistle blower to alert the police.

An operation was conducted by the Criminal Investigation team from Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), while acting upon information, pounced on Noel, who was arrested as he was showing the ivory to the fake buyer.

Gun shots were fired as Noel tried to flee and he was arrested, a source at ZimParks revealed.

“It came as a surprise that on the day of initial appearance in court, the National Prosecuting Authority referred the docket back for further investigations.

Witnesses had already deposited their statements and yet they said the matter needs to be investigated further, he never appeared in court,” he said. 

Efforts to get clarity on the matter from the Investigating Officer, Detective Sergeant Jonah Chawatama, were fruitless.

Meanwhile ConserveZim can report that there is a war against poaching, that was launched recently by ZimParks Director General Fulton Mangwanya

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