Zimbabwe arrests Chinese man for ammunition possession

July 24, 2014 8:27 am
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Assorted ammunition put on display/AFP
Assorted ammunition put on display/AFP

HARARE, Jul 24  – Zimbabwean police have arrested a Chinese man in possession of ivory, gold and large quantities of ammunition, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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Wongai Huo, 51, was arrested on Tuesday with 33,000 rounds of assorted ammunition at his offices in the capital Harare, according to police spokeswoman Charity Charamba.

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“We arrested him yesterday and investigations are ongoing,” Charamba told AFP.

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Huo was also found with processed ivory and three kilogrammes of gold.

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State media reported the man could have used the ammunition for poaching.

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Though the man had a gun licence, the large number of rounds in his possession typically is only found in military establishments, Harare province assistant commissioner Clement Munoriyarwa told the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

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State media reported he owned a gold mine in Harare.

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In recent years, Zimbabwe has seen an influx of Chinese nationals who own business interests in the construction, mining and retail sectors.

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Poachers have targeted the country’s elephants, and more than 100 animals were poisoned with cyanide last year for their ivory tusks.

 

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