The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Poacher Shot By Colleague

A suspected poacher is battling for life at Parirenyatwa Hospital after being shot by a colleague who reportedly mistook him for a wild animal.

To access medical attention, the poachers misrepresented to the police that they had been attacked by armed robbers who intended to steal their vehicle, a claim which they, however, failed to sustain.

Witness Tichaona Makanza (27), who became the hunted, instead of being the hunter, was on Thursday remanded on his hospital bed.

Magistrate Ms Anita Tshuma remanded him to October 10.

Makanza is being charged with two counts of contravening the Parks and Wildlife Act and supplying false information to a public authority.

One of the accomplices is in custody at Mutare Remand Prison facing similar charges while others are still at large.

Appearing for the State Miss Sharon Mashavira alleges that on September 22, Makanza connived with Vitalis Tekesa and hatched a plan to hunt wild animals.

Armed with guns, the pair went to Claremont gamepark in Nyanga to hunt.

It is alleged the two had no authority or permit to hunt.

During the hunting expedition, the State says, Makanza was shot by his colleague who mistook him for a wild animal.

Makanza sustained serious injuries which called for immediate medical attention.

It is the State's case that he was rushed to the hospital and the gang misrepresented to the hospital staff that he had been shot by armed robbers who attacked them intending to steal their vehicle.

While acting in connivance, they also made a false report to the police in Nyanga to cover up their offence, it is alleged.

However, police investigations unearthed the scam. Further investigations led to the recovery of the guns at Makanza's house.

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