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Python skin dealers in trouble

Three Harare men who were arrested last month for possessing a python skin have approached the High Court seeking bail.

The three are Happison Kenias Munjoro (42), Albert Kachomba (46) and Micheal Dias Mira (48).

According to the state, the men were arrested on August 26 after word of their alleged illegal activities reached Minerals and Border Control detectives.

The state alleges that on the day in question, upon receiving the information, the detectives conducted an investigation leading to the arrest of the three men.

Detective Constable Mutasa headed the investigation team, acting as a potential buyer.

He communicated and arranged to meet with Munjoro at the National Arts Gallery along Julius Nyerere in Harare.

After the meeting, the two went to the nearby hotel from where the police detectives were led to Kachomba and Mira.

It is alleged Munjoro then showed Mutasa the python skin, which was in a satchel.

Mutasa then summoned his team who approached the three men and asked them if they had a licence or permit to possess python skin.

In a warned and cautioned statement, Munjoro said: “I admit that I was found in possession of the python skin. I did not know that it was a crime to possess the reptile’s skin.”

The python skin was valued at
$2 000. — GIFT NJIRISI

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