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Save Zimbabwe National Parks Ranger Maxwell Bowa from being hanged for killing a poacher.

Save Zimbabwe National Parks Ranger Maxwell Bowa from being hanged for killing a poacher.
  
  

 

Why this is important to me

On an operation to arrest poachers, senior Zimbabwean game ranger Maxwell Bowa shot and killed suspected poacher Lenna Nkosana in the line of duty, and apparently in self-defence.

Zimbabwe is currently facing an unprecedented spike in elephant poaching, and the country's rhino population is down to a fraction of what it once was a few decades ago, when it was home to the largest number of black rhino in Africa. The fact that a senior ranger from the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority currently engaged in a losing battle in the Poaching War has been sentenced to be hanged smacks of possibly deeper motives at play.

Zimbabwe has not carried out any death sentences since 2005 when armed robbers and convicted murderers Edgar Masendeke and Stephen Chidhumo were hanged. How can the Zimbabwe justice system even consider Maxwell Bowa to be on the same level as these two hardened criminals?

Please help by sending a message to Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe Minister of Justice), and Saviour Kasukuwere (Zimbabwe Minister of Environment) to reopen this case and get to the bottom of the story. Rangers need all the support they can get in their desperate and losing battle against poachers, and we ask them to show that Zimbabwe is serious about winning the Poaching War currently raging against Africa's priceless and endangered wildlife heritage.
Posted October 1, 2013
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