By Lusekero Mhango
KARONGA-(MaraviPost)-Malawi Police in Karonga have arrested two people for allegedly being found in possession of a live pangolin.
Pangolins which are sometimes known as scaly anteaters are mammals of the order Pholidota, they have large protective keratin scales similar in material to finger nails and toenails covering their skin.
Confirming the development in an interview Karonga police spokesperson Enock Livasoni, said the two are: Stephano Kachala, 36, of Nagoli village, T/A Nkhulambe in Phalombe district and Andrew Kamanga, 40, of Zindi village in the area of paramount Chief Kyungu in Karonga district.
He said: “On April 3, 2021, Karonga Police detectives received a tip-off from members of the community that the two were offering for sale a live pangoline at Kambwe trading center in the district.
“Following the tip, the detectives managed to arrest Kachala and Kamanga.”
Livasoni has since said the two Will appear before the court of law soon to answer a charge of being found in possession of specimen of listed species without licence contrary to section 86(1) as read with section 110 B(b) of National Parks and Wildlife Act.
According to the wildlife Justice Commission (WJC), Pangolinsare the most trafficked mammal in the world and are threatened by poaching for their meat and scales which are used in traditional Chinese medicine.