The police in the boardering district of Mchinji have arrested a 26 year old Zambian national for illegal importation of raw specimen of an ivory, News Watch Reviews has reported.
The suspect identified by Mchinji Police as Nelson Goma was recently arrested along Mkanda – Mchinji Road after he was found in possession of nine pieces of ivory weighing about 27kg
“The police managed to apprehend the suspect and recover the stuff following a fruitful tip-off from a well wisher who informed the law enforcers in the district over the suspect’s unacceptable act”, said Inspectos Kaitano Lubrino, Mchinji Police Spokesperson.
Kaitano said preliminary police investigations have established that the suspect illegally entered Malawi using unchartered routes with the illicit protected specimen.
“However the suspect has disclosed that he was in the country seeking for possible markets. He wrapped the stuff with empty sacks to conceal the ordeal”, further said Kaitano.
Following his arrest the police referred the specimen to an expert from department of Malawi National Parks and Wildlife for an analysis to examine and has since certified and confirmed it to be an ivory (Loxodonta Africana). The department has also valued the ivory at K40, 500 000.00 calculated at 2000 USD/Kg.
The suspect will appear before Mchinji First Grade Magistrate Court soon to answer charges of being found in possession of specimen of protected species contrary to Section 86 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act and illegal entry respectively.