28 December 2018
Two Southerton men yesterday appeared in court facing charges of unlawfully possession of ivory.
Marklord Gumbu (37) and Danny Bharu (25) were denied bail when they appeared before Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba who deferred the matter to January 15 next year.
The State, represented by Shepherd Makonde, alleges that on the December 24, detectives from Criminal Investigations Department Minerals, Flora and Fauna Unit, Harare, received information to the effect that the accused persons were unlawfully in possession of ivory which they intended to sell in Central Business District
Armed with information, the detectives who were purporting as buyers, agreed to meet Gumbu and Bharu.
Upon arrival at the sight, the detectives and the accused persons agreed on a fee of $70 per kilogramme.
One of the detectives was shown a pair of unmarked ivory which was placed on the floor of a Toyota Vitz at the backseat.
It was further agreed that the payment will be made inside Aqua Lodge.
Upon arrival, the detectives identified themselves as police from CID Minerals Flora and Fauna Unit by producing their identity cards.
Gumbu and Bharu were asked to produce their licence or permit authorising them to posses’ ivory and they failed leading to their arrest.
The unmarked raw ivory weighed six kilogrammes and is valued at $1020.