Malawi burns 2.6 tonnes of illegal ivory amid Tanzania’s protest
Monday March 14 2016
Malawi Parks and Wildlife Department officers burn 2.6 tonnes of confiscated elephant ivory at the Mzuzu Nature Sanctuary March 14, 2016 following an earlier High Court ruling that the ivory be destroyed. PHOTO | AFP
Malawi on Monday burned 2.6 tonnes of ivory in the northern city of Mzuzu after a court ordered its destruction, despite a cross-border dispute over whether the elephant tusks smuggled from Tanzania should be saved as legal evidence against poachers.
It is believed that the suspects in Tanzania had been in cahoots with two Malawian brothers, Chancy and Patrick Kaunda, to transport the ivory to Lilongwe, but the two were intercepted, arrested and later fined $5,500 for their part in trafficking the tusks by Malawi High Court in 2015.
Through a government lawyer, Christon Ghambi, Tanzania accused Malawi of frustrating its efforts to prosecute its case.