A-50-year-old man in Mangochi has been arrested for allegedly possessing ivory.
According to the Malawi laws, this is contrary to section contrary to Section 110(b) of National Parks and Wildlife Act.
Mangochi Police Spokesperson Amina Tepani Daudi has identified the suspect as Wyson Akim from Kapire Village, Traditional Authority Chilipa in Mangochi.
Daudi narrated that on July 29, 2022 Mangochi Police detectives were tipped by members of the public that the said suspect was possessing pieces of elephant ivory at Chiponde Trading Centre.
She said the officers in conjunction with Wildlife Crime Investigation Unit rushed to the scene and arrested the suspect in one of the resthouses in the area after being found with nine pieces of raw ivory which were wrapped in a black plastic bag.
She added that the suspect is claiming to have acquired the specimen from Mozambique.
He will appear before court after investigations are completed, according to Daudi.