Malawi makes another u-turn on ivory

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Malawi government has destroyed a stockpile of ivory worthy K5 billion after succumbing to pressure from international organisations.

Malawi burns ivory

K5 billion worthy of bonfire

We earlier reported that government was planning to sell the ivory to China following a suggestion by Minister of Natural Resources Bright Msaka during a press conference held on Friday that government wanted to raise money by putting the ivory on the market.

But new reports reaching our newsroom indicate that the stockpile was this morning set on fire in Mzuzu before court officials, police, government officials as well as local and international activists fighting against wildlife crime.

Mutharika said in March last year that destroying the ivory in what was deemed the world’s most expensive bonfire was intended to serve as a gesture demonstrating his government’s commitment to the fight against wildlife crime.

However, the bonfire was halted following a court order obtained by Tanzania, saying it wanted to parade the stockpile as evidence in the prosecution of suspected poachers.

Unconfirmed estimates claim that over 20,000 elephants are killed a year across Malawi and its three neighbouring countries. A vox pop on the issue shows that a majority of people backed the decision to have the ivory sold rather than set on fire.

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    • MUKAKHALA PABWINO SIZITANTHAUZA KUTI DZIKO LONSE ALIYENSE ALI PABWINO

      Zandikhudza kwambiri
      dziko la America likuchita kupanga congratulate kuti MALAWI wachita bwino kuotcha IVORY worthy Five Billion cash which may help zinthu ziwiri zitatu to make life better.
      MALAWI UMAGANIZA BWANJI ?

  1. Ine nddzatani nayo mbuziyi!! Kaya2! Aaa 5 billion on fire when thousands of people r dyin of hunger out there!! Chmunthu chomvetsa chsoni kwambri!! Mxwiiiiii

  2. Ine nddzatani nayo mbuziyi!! Kaya2! Aaa 5 billion on fire when thousands of people r dyin of hunger out there!! Chmunthu chomvetsa chsoni kwambri!! Mxwiiiiii

  3. Ine nddzatani nayo mbuziyi!! Kaya2! Aaa 5 billion on fire when thousands of people r dyin of hunger out there!! Chmunthu chomvetsa chsoni kwambri!! Mxwiiiiii

  4. Iwe Pearson Nkhoma, nkhani iyi waitenga kuti? Popeza Ivory yo yaotchedwa. Malawi24 please make the necessary investgations before you write your news.

  5. MALAWI AS HER NAME BURNING MONEY ON FIRE

    kudikila donations from sympathy Nations and evil crews to help them with commandiments of evil practices
    . Why not selling and get five billion and use it to solve our problems we have. Who made that decision? Did they consult the poor Malawians?
    The problem is this, all of them who made that decision they are under MASM, they have food in their food stores, they have fat bank accounts not only one account in general they are on highest class and their children do schools outside the country everything is okay to their side

  6. Zabodza izo! Mukungofuna kuba ndalama basi! Zamanyi et? Zinthu mwagulitsa apa ndkupanga edit dzithuzi zapa Internet nkumati mwaotcha! Mukuona ngat amalawi tinakali akhungu et? Go to hell ine simunandinakize nawo anthu otembeleledwa inu!! Kmanso inunso a news muzibwela nd nkhan zmene mwaziona ndimaso kmanso zachulungamo osat osat zaganjazi ayi am fed up!

  7. Yes. Though reluctntly done, it is a positive move. We should not always look at financial benefits from crime. If sold,it would have been like the family selling loot stollen by members of the family.

  8. my poor malawi with poor minded people. throwing away K5 billion just like that, yet njala and scarcity of drugs is at peak.#Smh

    • Never,i refuse to believe, its 5 billion we are talking here..and u also think of how many lives of Malawians could have been transformed by that money. # seriously i see nothing to smile about here.

  9. The editor of this page and its reporters are idiots and embecile,how come you are contravening yourselves with unprofessionalism by giving your audiences the FALSE stories?

  10. Here is another example that Malawi 24 does not document their stories before releasing them. They want so badly to make the first splash of a story. End result is no one will take them seriously. Just another sensationalist news outlet.