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Southern Africa’s most wanted rhino poaching kingpin nabbed in Zimbabwe

Wanted Zimbabwean cross-border rhino poaching kingpin Dumisani Moyo has been arrested in central Zimbabwe and remanded in custody to August 10 pending extradition to Botswana where he skipped bail and escaped trial for a rhino poaching offence a few years ago.

Until his arrest over the weekend, Moyo was on the International Police organisation (Interpol) red notice, wanted in connection with several rhino poaching offences committed in Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia over the past five years.

Moyo escaped from Botswana while on P10 000 bail and hid in the Midlands province of Zimbabwe until late 2015 when he moved to Lusaka, Zambia where he has connections to a rhino horn trafficking syndicate allegedly made up of Chinese, Namibian, Zimbabwean and Mozambican nationals.

In Zimbabwe, Moyo is jointly charged with Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) operative, Mudenge Munashe Mugwira on four counts of killing rhinos valued at $480 000 and selling the horns to private buyers in Zambia. Moyo is likely to be extradited to Botswana after the August 10 trial.

Moroka Media 2017