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Two Men Fined for Illegal Lion Heads Trade, Valued at $100k

Two individuals were fined for the illegal possession of lion heads, with intentions to sell, after being found with five lion head skulls.

Shelton Chibaya (36) and Benedict Mutinhima (31), employed at Kyle Recreational Park in Masvingo, were brought before Harare magistrate Ruth Moyo on charges of violating the Parks and Wildlife Act.

They pleaded guilty and were each fined US$100.

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Prosecutor Mandirasa Chigumira presented evidence that between February 1 and 16 of this year, Chibaya and Mutinhima retrieved the five lion head skulls from the Micho bush area near Liveson Wild Farm, Masvingo, intending to sell them.

On February 16, Chibaya collaborated with Patson Ndlovu, already in custody, to transport the skulls from Masvingo to Harare for sale.

The skulls were temporarily stored at Mazowe Mansion flats on Mazowe Street and Baines Avenue while they sought buyers.

Acting on a tip-off, detectives from CID Minerals, Flora, and Fauna Unit, disguised as potential buyers, engaged Chibaya and Ndlovu, offering US$1,500 per skull.

They were later joined by an individual identified only as Chaka, who remains at large.

The lion head skulls were retrieved from Chaka’s vehicle, with Ndlovu and the detectives entering the detectives’ vehicle while Chibaya and Chaka stayed outside.

It was at this point that the detectives revealed themselves and made the arrests.

The recovered lion heads are estimated to be worth US$100,000.

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