ZIMBABWE – Two Mozambicans and a local man were arrested after they were found with a live pangolin which they are suspected to have smuggled from the neighbouring country.
Pamela Antonio and Tonderai Stewart Mwamuka both aged 31 were arrested along with Huggins Hardwork Duri, 33, of No.31 Guys Cliff Greystone Park Harare for illegally possessing the pangolin.
Pamela and Mwamuka reside and work at Estrada Da Zambia Mozambique.
The trio was taken to the Harare magistrates’ court for contravening the Parks and Wildlife Act – possessing a specified protected animal.
Pamela, Antonio and Duri denied the charges when they appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe who remanded them in custody to March 1 for trial.
The State led by Francesca Mukumbiri had it that on February 7 at round midday detectives from Minerals and Boarder Control received information to the effect that the trio was possessing a pangolin.
The detectives proceeded to Greendale where they hooked up with the three at Honeydew Shops where they were parked.
It is said that the detectives approached Mwamuka first who identified himself as Pamela’s driver and Pamela is said to have confirmed it.
The detectives advised them that they wanted to search their car which had a Mozambican registration number and they complied.
Detectives then recovered a live pangolin which was in a satchel placed on the back seat of the car, according to the State.
The trio was also asked to produce a license authorizing them to deal in specified animals and they failed to leading to their arrest.
They denied the charges when they appeared in court and they are expected to be back in court after a fortnight for trial.