19 November 2017
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Ntchisi men sentenced for illegal poaching and possession of ivory

Written by  Pauline Kaude

Ntchisi, November 6, 2017: The Ntchisi Magistrate Court on Thursday convicted and sentenced Medson Songazaudzu to five years’ imprisonment with hard labour for killing an elephant.

Gladstone Mthawanji and James Mtsiro both from the same district were also sentenced to two and half years’ imprisonment with hard labour by the same court for illegal possession of ivory.

Police Public Relations Officer Gladson M’bumpha told the Malawi News Agency (Mana) in an interview that Songazaudzu committed the offence on September 6 this year at Nkhotakota Game Reserve. Ntchisi Police Station arrested him two days later following a tip from well-wishers.

Songazaudzu who pleaded guilty to three charges of being found in possession of firearm, entering into a protected area without permission and killing of protected species then later sold the ivory to Mthawanji and Mtsiro, according to M’bumpha. 

“The two bought the ivory which weighed 4 kilogrammes and were arrested on September 15, this year as they were offering it for sale near the boma,” said M’bumpha.

Passing the sentence, First Grade Magistrate Dorothy Kalua described the offences as serious hence imposing the jail terms to deter other would be offenders.

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