Poachers nabbed at Malawi-Zambia border

Poachers nabbedFrom MAVHUTO BANDA in Lilongwe, Malawi
LILONGWE, (CAJ News) – JOINT operations by Malawi and Zambia have this year led to the arrest of more than 30 suspects suspects for poaching and trafficking of ivory.
In the latest breakthrough by the Wildlife Crimes Investigations Unit (WCIU) operating both countries, a Zambian national has been arrested after an attempt to traffic poached ivory across the border to Malawi.
Officers were able to arrest the trafficker 15 kilometres from the border in the Malawi township of Mchinji, where the dealer was in search of potential buyers.
Law enforcers said the 27 kilograms of poached ivory found in possession of the suspect, represents no less than five slain elephants.
“This is a tragic and senseless loss to Zambian wildlife,” said a WCIU spokesperson.
.The nabbing of the Zambian was the 37th arrest for the WCIU in 2017 alone.
Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) and the Malawi Police Service (MPS) jointly established WCIU.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare and its partner organisation, the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, support the WCIU.
The organisations are calling for stiff sentences to be meted out to poachers, arguing current penalties were not deterrent.
“Poachers, dealers and traffickers often escape prosecution or are merely given a fine,” said IFAW investigator, Mike Labuschagne.

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