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Simply Wild boss arrested for possessing leopard skin

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Simply Wild boss arrested for possessing leopard skin

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ANCILLA GOTORE
MIRROR REPORTER


MASVINGO – A supervisor with Simply Wild, a conservancy and wildlife company in which former Reserve Bank Governor, Gideon Gono is the major shareholder has been arrested for illegal possession of a leopard skin.
Elastos Mazorodze (39) who is a supervisor at the company’s conservancy at the northern shores of Lake Mutirikwi appeared before Masvingo Magistrate Farai Gwitima on May 11, 2022 facing a charge of contravening section 59 (2) (b) of the Parks and Wildlife Act which is possession of a leopard skin without a permit or license.
Godknows Mugondo represented the State.


It is the State case that on June 2, 2021 the Flora and Fauna Unit received a tipoff from a reliable source that Mazorodze possessed a leopard skin which he had removed from an unknown place and kept at his residence.
Detectives in company of the Zimbabwe National Parks officers proceeded to Mazorodze’s place and the accused was approached and advised on the nature of the enquiry.


Mazorodze led the detectives to a house belonging to one of the workers and allegedly took the skin from the roof truss where he had allegedly hidden it.
The detectives asked him to produce a license or permit that allowed him to possess the leopard skin and he failed leading to his arrest.
Simply Wild conservancy specialises in the breeding of lions and other games excluding the leopards.
Simply Wild has two other shareholders who are Clifton Marcus Reed Sparrow and Emmanuel Runganga Gumbo who is Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Sudan.

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