Two jailed over Ivory (Malawi)


Luke Bisani, Malawi 24

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Police in Rumphi on Saturday arrested two men for being found in possession of ivory in the district, Malawi24 can report.

The two, Dokotala Chavula aged 35 and Elias Nkhonjera aged 26, were reported to have been selling ivory at Lusani trading centre in the district.

According to reports, the police got a tip-off from well-wishers on the business the two had brought at the trading centre leading to their arrest.

Further reports reveal that the two had pegged the raw ivory at K5.8 million.

The two suspects are yet to appear in court to answer charges of illegal possession of specimen of protected species.

Chavula comes from Mtamila village while Nkhonjera is from Jumbe village, Traditional Authority (TA) Chikulamayembe in Rumphi.

Over 90 cases of wildlife crime have been reported in Malawi since 2009 and experts have predicted that, at current rates of poaching for ivory, elephants could go extinct in the country.

Illegal wildlife trade is the fourth largest transnational crime in the world and stands as the greatest threat to the survival of endangered species like elephant and rhinos.