MCHINJI-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi Police in the border district of Mchinji, arrested a twenty-six-year-old Zambian national for illegal importing ivory.

Mchinji Police Station Spokesperson Kaitano Lubrino, identified the suspect as Nelson Goma, who was arrested along Mkanda-Mchinji Road, after police successfully followed a tip from a member of the community.

Lubrino told The Maravi Post, that Goma was found in possession of nine pieces of ivory, weighing about 27 kilograms (kg).

A specimen of the ivory was referred to an expert from the department of Malawi National Parks and Wildlife, for an analysis. The result was confirmation that the items were ivory (Loxodonta Africana). The department also valued the ivory at MK40,500 000.00, calculated at US$2,000 per kg.

The police publicist said that preliminary police investigations, established that the ivory was illegally brought into Malawi by the suspect, and that he used unchartered routes.

Police added that upon being questioned, Goma disclosed that he was in the country to seek possible markets for the protected specimen.

“Goma will appear before Mchinji First Grade Magistrate Court soon, to answer charges of being found in possession of specimen of protected species, which is contrary to Section 86 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act, and illegal entry respectively,” said Lubrino.

Lubrino said police are appealing to the public, to report all suspicious acts to the nearest police station, for proper police action.




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