Two poachers caught after killing nine baby impalas using dogs

The duo, Votemore Singo (21) and Lightmore Muleya (20) all of Toporo Village under Chief Stauze, are believed to be part of a syndicate of poachers targeting impalas and elands in the safari area.

The duo, Votemore Singo (21) and Lightmore Muleya (20) all of Toporo Village under Chief Stauze, are believed to be part of a syndicate of poachers targeting impalas and elands in the safari area.

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Two poachers were on Wednesday morning busted by game rangers at Sentinel Safaris after killing nine ba​b​y impalas using dogs.

The duo, Votemore Singo (21) and Lightmore Muleya (20) all of Toporo Village under Chief Stauze, are believed to be part of a syndicate of poachers targeting impalas and elands in the safari area.

Sentinel Safaris is a tourism centre under the Great Mapungubwe Trans-frontier Conservation Area (TFCA).

The TFCA is made up of parks from Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

“The game rangers arrested the two men at around 2am, this morning after they had killed nine baby impalas. They were hunting using torches and dogs were busted at the slaughter zone, ”said Mr Bristow.

“The game rangers arrested the two men at around 2am, this morning after they had killed nine baby impalas. They were hunting using torches and dogs were busted at the slaughter zone, ”said Mr Bristow.

Sentinel Safaris operator, Mr Digby Bristow expressed concern with rampant poaching activities in the area.

“We have noted with grave concern the level of poaching in this area. It is sad to note that some of the perpetrators benefit from the same wildlife under the CAMPFIRE project.

“The game rangers arrested the two men at around 2am, this morning after they had killed nine baby impalas. They were hunting using torches and dogs were busted at the slaughter zone, ”said Mr Bristow.

He said Muleya and Singo were arrested after the game rangers tracked them after spotting their hunting lights.

Mr Bristow said the continued poaching of wildlife in the TFCA threatened tourism development activities national economic development.

He said the gangs were targeting mainly baby impalas and elands.

The gangs were targeting mainly baby impalas and elands

The gangs were targeting mainly baby impalas and elands

“In essence the wildlife heritage in Zimbabwe is facing extinction if we don’t address these issue of poaching. I want to appeal to members of the community to desist from poaching activities. We need to preserve our wildlife for the benefit of the future generation and economic development,” said Mr Bristow.

He said Muleya and Singo had since been taken to the police along with the carcasses of the one month old impalas.

​ Matabeleland South police spokesperson Inspector Philisani Ndebele could not be reached for comment.​

He said Muleya and Singo had since been taken to the police along with the carcasses of the one month old impalas.

Muleya and Singo had since been taken to the police along with the carcasses of the one month old impalas.

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  • thevinin

    what poachers? , just villagers seeking a diet change from muboora and munyovhi

    • Langelihle

      Those are the poachers unless you don’t know the meaning of poaching. Poachers are people and some of them could be your brothers or sisters.

    • KaBulayani

      stupid, stinking and primitive thinking. why kill 9 and babies for that matter if the drive was genuine hunger.

    • Taku

      Say that someone who walks to your house at 2am and takes your phone is just wanting to call his uncle.

    • kuda

      but these are killing for business, nine is too much for your own home .

    • Ndumiso Sithole

      I somewhat agree if they were using dogs its more of hunting.We all did go hunting when we were growing up emakhaya.If they had guns was going to be really worried.But nah leave the poor fellas

  • musa

    under-arrest poachers enjoying mealie-cobs with the rangers

    • Macdonald Chigubhu

      kkkkk ehe nhai. ari kutoisa sauti pamuguri wechibage zvake

  • Nkunzemnyama

    Under arrest and enjoying umumbu. 9 baby impalas is TOO much.

  • qondani

    They were going to sell meat, i don’t think it’s first time, bazidlela umumbu bayaphuma laba

    • Samson

      They are gonnas if they go in front of Legal Eagle (I believe he is now on the bench) kkkkkkk That mumbu might be the last good meal they see for a while.

      • Sonde

        In fact they say Makhosi Xamu went in front of Legal Eagle A few days ago and is now a permanent resident of Khami Maximum. KKKKKKK With the hardships of being kicked out of Zanu Xamu was caught with the mlenze of a pangolin in his mouth.

        • Zuze

          Do not laugh at someones misfortunes Ndoda. Khami can be host to anyone during these hard times.

      • Zuze

        The two that are eating umumbu are game rangers.

  • ndubeko

    poachers are very bad because they can wipe out all animals, l remember somewhere wire snares were always a posing a serious problem

  • Brutal Truth

    Since when did hunters become poachers.Kuvhima is part of our culture & tradition.Tibvirei apa