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Goma displaying his ivory Goma displaying his ivory Image sourced at faceofmalawi.com

Zambian National Nabbed For Illegal Importation Of Ivory In Malawi

Written by  Written By Staff Reporter May 17, 2017

A Zambian national has been arrested in Malawi for illegal importation of ivory.

Nelson Goma, 26, was found with nine pieces of ivory weighing 27 kilograms.

According to Mchinji police spokesperson, Kaitano Lubrino, Goma was found along Mkanda-Mchinji road.

Lubrino said the Zambian national had used unchartered routes with the ivory and his arrest was made following a tip-off from a well-wisher.

After the arrest, police referred the specimen to an expert from the Department of Malawi National Parks and Wildlife for analysis where it was confirmed to be Ivory.

The department estimates that the ivory would be worth MK40.5 Million.

Goma is expected to appear before Mchinji First Grade Magistrate Court to answer charges of being found in possession of specimen of protected species contrary to section 86 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act and Illegal entry respectively.

Last week to South Koreans were arrested at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe for illegal possession of Ivory.

Such incidents have led to growing concern from the public over the porosity of the country’s borders.

 

However law enforcers believe that they are doing their best in putting to book all wrong doers who use Malawi as a route into transporting illegal items.

Last modified on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:41

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