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Mozambican and Chinese nationals arrested in Chikwawa for illegal Mopane wood extraction

Lengwe National Par
Antelopes in Lengwe National Park

CHIKWAWA (MaraviPost): The Malawi police in the lower shire and southern district of Chikwawa are keeping in custody a Mozambican and two Chinese nationals for allegedly extracting Mopane wood illegally at Lengwe National Park (NP).

This followed the Department of National Parks and Wildlife arrest of the trio national who have been extracting the Mopane trees from the Extension Area of Lengwe NP and transporting them into Mozambique to sell.

Chikwawa Police Station Spokesperson, Mark Munama has identified the suspects as Jose Manuel (Mozambican) and Ying Lee & Shupei Zen (Chinese) that the team has been extracting Mopane since March this year.

The National Parks Department together with the police have also confiscated equipment the trio were using worthy US $1million plus including 6 4×4 Tractors, two caterpillars ‘bulldozer’ / road grader, thirty-ton lorry, Toyota Hilux, Toyota Land cruiser, two chainsaws and four motorbikes

According to the police report the arrests were made five kilometers into Lengwe National park from the Mozambique border as a delegation from the Mozambique Police force and the Malawi Police force arrived at Lengwe NP headquarters and moved all equipment to Chikwawa police station.

There is a counter-claim that the Mozambicans have been kidnapped from Mozambique and are being held against their will in Malawi.

The arrested Mozambican and Chinese nationals claimed all of the equipment belonged to them except for the chainsaws for which they stated they knew nothing about.

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Lloyd M’bwana
Lloyd M’bwanahttps://www.maravipost.com
I'm a Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resource (LUANAR)'s Environmental Science graduate (Malawi) and UK's ICM Journalism and Media studies scholar. I have been The Malawi Country Manager and duty editor for the Maravi Post for the past Three Years. My duty editor’s job is to ensure that the news is covered properly, that it is delivered on time, and that it is created to the standards set out in the editorial guidelines of the Maravi Post. I also decide most of what the user will or will not see. And those users will be clicking on the website expecting to see what their trusted news. Organisation has to say on an issue. I started as a senior Reporter with the Maravi Post over a 6 years ago. When I have time, I do field reporting as well.
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