The Nyasa Times

Sarah Munthali,
May 12, 2018


A 54-year-old Congolese National conducting agri-business at Mkanda Trading
Centre in Mchinji is in police custody after being found in possession of
eight pieces of ivory.

Mchinji Police spokesperson, Kaitano Lubrino, said Abdullah Sebambe who
comes from Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested on Wednesday following
a tip-off that he was in possession of ivory.

“We followed up the tip and went to Mkanda Trading Centre where police
officers managed to trick and arrested the suspect. In the process they
recovered eight pieces of ivory weighing about 23.6 kilograms,” Lubrino

He said the suspect will appear before court soon to answer charges of
being found in possession of specimen of protected species contrary to
Section 86 (1) of Parks and Wildlife Act of 2017 and dealing in government
trophies contrary to section 91(1) of the same.

The ivory is yet to be sent to the Department of National Parks and Wild
life for scientific analysis.

On April 16 (2018), two Zambians were also intercepted at Mwami Police
Checkpoint by Malawian Police with eight pieces of ivory weighing 16.5 Kgs
which were being smuggled from Zambia into Malawi.
This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.