Zim-Zambia search party dispatched to look for missing rangers
By Staff Reporter
A SEARCH party comprising both Zimbabwean and Zambian authorities has been dispatched to comb Lake Kariba with hopes to find two Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers believed to have been attacked and thrown into the water by poachers on New Year’s eve.
ZimParks spokesperson Tinashe Farawo confirmed the search operation Friday but said no headway has been made so far.
“Nothing has come up yet but the whole security apparatus and other stakeholders is on the ground.
“We are working closely with our Zambian counterparts on the matter.”
There were plans also to dispatch helicopters from both neighbours to look for the rangers who went missing with fears they could have died.
Their disappearance followed a battle they had with suspected poachers in the middle Lake Kariba.
The rangers were on patrol in the lake when they caught up with suspected Zambian poachers they immediately apprehended.
There are fears they may have been overpowered by the poachers who could have thrown them into the water in a bid to free themselves (poachers) from the arrests.
The search party comprises Zimparks, the Zimbabwe Republic Police and similar forces from Zambia.