10 December 2018

Malawi: Two in Custody for Illegal Possession of Specimen of Protected Species

Lilongwe — Police in Lilongwe are keeping in custody Allan Nyirenda, 28, and Robins Kayira, 43, for being found in possession of two raw pieces of ivory without legal documentation.

The two were arrested Friday, December 7, 2018 after police at Central Region Police headquarters received a tip that the two suspects were at the City Mall offering the ivory for sale at MK 750, 750.

Assistant Public Relations Officer for Central Region Police Headquarters, Sergeant Patrick Kasauka told Malawi News Agency that a team of Police officers and officers from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife followed up on the tip.

"The team, which acted under cover rounded up the suspects and eventually arrested the two. The raw pieces of ivory, weighing 0.91 kilograms were confiscated from the suspects," said Kasauka.

The two suspects will soon be taken to court to answer charges of illegal possession of specimen of protected species, contrary to Section 86 (1) of National Parks and Wildlife Act.

They will also answer to a case of dealing in Government/Wildlife trophies, contrary to Section 91 of National Parks and Wildlife Act.

Police have since warned Malawians to desist from possessing specimen from protected species, saying the malpractice is endangering wildlife. He said the law shall continue to pounce on those who insist on these criminal acts.

Nyirenda comes from Daniel Gausi Village, T/A Mzikubola in Mzimba District while Kayira hails from Kamalobvu Village, Traditional Authority Nthalire in Chitipa District.

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