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Seven Mozambicans are among 443 people arrested on poaching charges in Zimbabwe last year, according to a report in the Zimbabwean paper, News Day.

Of the 443 suspects, 57 were convicted and sentenced to a minimum jail term of seven years. According to Caroline Washaya-Moyo, spokesperson for the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks), 211 cases were investigated over the year, and 116 of these cases were concluded.

"A total of 443 people were arrested in the 211 reported cases. The culprits included a majority of Zimbabweans, 31 Zambians, seven nationals from Mozambique and a single South African, she said.

ZimParks made significant recoveries following the arrests, which included 76 elephant tusks, 179 pieces of ivory, 36 live pangolins, eight pangolin trophies and 22 firearms.

Washaya-Moyo said ZimParks was concerned about the growing trend of international poaching syndicates working together with local people who live close to the national parks and other wildlife sanctuaries.

Mozambican poaching groups target Gonarezhou National Park and the Save Valley Conservancy, where they poach elephants "she said.

"It has now emerged that most of the poaching taking place inland is being perpetrated by syndicate members of different groups, who are hired to form one larger organized gang."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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