The Nyasa Times

Daniel Namwini,
January 25, 2019>

Malawi Police Service in Nkhotakota has arrested Master Banda, 47 and
Philemon Banda, 22, for being found in possession of elephant tusks
weighing 26.5 kg without permission.

According to Central Region Police spokesperson, Superintendent Nolliettie
Chihana-Chimala, police received a tip-off from a well-wisher that the said
suspects were in possession of the tusks and that they were offering them
for sale.

?Thereafter, some officers from police headquarters teamed up with other
officers from Nkhotakota Police Station and rounded up instantly. The tusks
were confiscated,? Chimala said.

Meanwhile, two charges have been leveled against them: (1) Illegal
Possession of Specimen of Protected Species contrary to Section 86 (1) of
National Parks and Wildlife Act, and (2) Dealing in Government and Wildlife
Trophies, contrary to Section 91 of the same.

The two suspects will appear before court once the preparations are
completed. Master Banda hails from Tongole Village while Philemon Banda
hails from Kawerama Village, both in Traditional Authority Mphonde in
Nkhotakota District.