Hwange Provincial Magistrate Sharon Rosemani on 27 December sentenced Thabani Shoko 31, of Gamba village, Lukosi in Hwange, to 3 months in prison with labour, for the illegal sale of game meat. Memory Munsaka was prosecuting. He was arrested on the 25th of December at Cross Dete where he was illegally selling dried kudu and impala game meat to truck drivers.
He was arrested for contravening section 59(b) of the Parks and Wildlife Act chapter 2014 of 1996 which is the removal of game meat from one place to another without a permit. Shoko was found in possession of 44 bundles of dried game meat weighing 10 kilogrammes. He confessed to poaching the meat in Sinamatella, Hwange National Park.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority advises the public who wish to venture into game meat selling to approach Zimparks offices for assistance on how to acquire the permit. The Authority however warnes members of the public against illegally selling the plant adding that they risk prosecution. The flame lilly is a specially protected indigenous plant and anyone found and or seen with it without proper papers risks prosecution, this according to section 51 of the statutory instrument 362 of 1990.The illegal sale of the flame lilly is rife during rainy season.