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Two men get 13 years IHL for killing an elephant

Written by  Anjoya Mwanza

Nkhotakota, November 4, 2017: Nkhotakota First Grade Magistrate (FGM) Court has convicted and sentenced Faliki Simeon and Thomson Zindo to 13 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for killing an elephant in Nkhotakota Wild Life Reserve.

The court  through Central Region Prosecution Officer, Levison Mangani heard that the two  during the month of September,2017 entered the reserve without permit, conveyed an antique rifle locally known as Muzzle Loader  (Gogodera) and killed an elephant.

He said the two removed two tasks weighing 4kgs adding that a muzzle loader rifle was recovered.

Mangani imlpored the court to impose stiff punishment to the law offenders in order to deter would-be offenders.

“The malpractice of killing wildlife is pulling down development of the nation since the country is spending a lot of money on investing in the same. Besides, the elephant that was killed was just one of the many elephants translocated from Liwonde Game Reserve,” he said.

He said the wild life species bring in foreign currency to the nation when foreign tourists visit the reserve.

The two pleaded guilty appealed to the court for leniency when passing judgement saying they were all bread winners and aged.

First Grade Magistrate, Fred Chilowetsa concurred with the prosecutor by sentencing them to pay K7 million fine or in default serve 13 years jail terms each.

“I hereby sentence each one of you to pay a value of one elephant which is currently at K7 million or in default serve a 13 years jail term,” he concluded.

Simeon, 43, hails from Nduwa Village While  Zindo, 56 comes from Msendekera Village Traditional Authority Nthondo both in Ntchisi District.

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