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Senior Police Officers Face $10,000 Graft Charges

The carcass of an elephant which was killed after drinking poisoned water, lies near a water hole in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, about 840 km (522 miles) east of Harare, September 27, 2013. Zimbabwean ivory poachers have killed more than 80 elephants
A police detective assistant inspector and three of his colleagues, who allegedly received a $10,000 bribe from poachers suspected to have poisoned to death 90 elephants in Hwange National Park, have been remanded in custody by a Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove.

Mushove remanded Detective Assistant Inspector Alois Gakata, Detective Sergeant Wellington Jena, Detective Constable Shadreck Rore and Detective Ronald Dube out of custody for allegedly receiving the bribe to release one of the impounded vehicles used by the suspected poachers.

The four were named by some of the poachers who have already been jailed as police who accepted a bribe to release their Toyota Hilux.

The truck was used for transporting elephant tusks to suspected buyers identified in court as Daniel Mba, Mthandazo Tshuma, Mai Rumba, Anna Mvereche and Elfina Mzizi.

Robert Maphosa, Thabani Zondo and Dedani Tshuma have been jailed for poisoning the elephants using cynanide in search of elephant tusks being sold in lucrative Asian markets.

Four other suspected poachers will soon appear in court facing charges of poaching and using cyanide without permission.