Malawi angers Tanzania

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Malawi’s decision to burn a stockpile of ivory worth K5 billion has angered Tanzania who wanted to use the ivory.

Peter Mutharika

President Mutharika inspecting the ivory last March

The East African country says it is not amused with Malawi’s move to burn the 2.6 tonnes of ivory which it said would have been used to prosecute ivory smugglers.

The Tanzanians say the burning of the ivory will jeopardise a case in which some people are being accused of smuggling the ivory from Malawi.

“Tanzania is not amused with the decision to burn ivory. The problem is that it will affect cases in Tanzania. With the ivory destroyed, the case may be hard to prove,” said lawyer Christon Ghambi.

Ghambi said Malawi should have burned the ivory after the conclusion of the ivory related cases in Tanzania.

Malawi seized the 781 pieces of ivory from smugglers who were travelling from Tanzania, at one of its border posts, in 2013.

Tanzania has since last year claimed that a portion of the ivory was taken from its national parks and game reserves, hence it should have been returned to the East African country.

Malawi burned the ivory after a court ruled that the tusks should be burned by March 14.

Malawians however faulted government for going ahead to burn the ivory arguing that the elephants had already been killed and the country will not gain anything by destroying the tusks.

But Malawi’s director of Parks and Wildlife, Brighton Kumchedwa, said that while the move would not prevent the illegal killing of elephants, it would help prevent smuggling.

“By burning the elephants’ tusks, we actually remove the ivory from the market and that reduces the incentive for people to engage in smuggling,” he said

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  1. Amene anagwira ma smugglerwo achita zanzeru osati mbwelera zomangoti boma lalakwisa….kuledzera eti chifukwa choti ndi ma billion nde a security alephere kugwira bwino ntchito yawo….?

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  4. Government! Sometime I wonder what Government does and where he gets his wisdom. Government does not usually listen to what people are saying, does he really have ears? Government also kills its own people? Government does not know how liaise with his neighbours. Government has just burned K5billion worth of Ivory. Government could not think that the ivory was taken from elephants that were already butchered many eary back. Government closed his ears and burn that huge sum of money. In a triumph look of the rising dark smoke, Government wiped his perspiring forehad as he heaved a sigh of relief. Government! Government! Government!

  5. I understand and support Tanzania,why should Malawi burn billions at the same time they need billions?.Why should they listed to Americans who have got full pocket already?How stupid are Malawian leaders?.Eish!!,am also been angered just like Tanzania.

  6. Tanzanians r right! You cannot throw away the food to dogs while hungry children need them. We need money to buy food for the country then you burn them. Why u malawi! Why!

  7. since the damage was already done ..selling the ivory so that the money could b used on some other issues, that could have had been a great idea…But burning them …? Yooo! what are u pple smoking?

  8. since the damage was already done ..selling the ivory so that the money could b used on some other issues, that could have had been a great idea…But burning them …? Yooo! what are u pple smoking?

  9. since the damage was already done ..selling the ivory so that the money could b used on some other issues, that could have had been a great idea…But burning them …? Yooo! what are u pple smoking?

  10. The gvt is Lacking ccountabity to its citizens.we are now regreating the actions being made.i advise the gvt that we should be taking our own principals we trading dont take idoelogy from over sease

  11. The gvt is Lacking ccountabity to its citizens.we are now regreating the actions being made.i advise the gvt that we should be taking our own principals we trading dont take idoelogy from over sease

  12. The gvt is Lacking ccountabity to its citizens.we are now regreating the actions being made.i advise the gvt that we should be taking our own principals we trading dont take idoelogy from over sease

  13. very stupid!! how can you burn MK5billion – even other countries they dont burn Rhino horns which are even more expensive – AGALU inu wake up!! Ndalama zimenezo zikadathandiza anthu akufa ndi njala – ANYANI INU!!

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  17. my fellow malawians, what u hv to know is that tz is working secrectly with an intettion of putting malawi down.

  18. Any dicision 4rom the goverment apart. 4rom burning the ivvory is bad the. can not make the budget connsidering the ivory money next year they will b no ilegle ivory what will the goverment. Do then! Any. Country. Depend on donors to run there country there is nothing wrong with tha!ucant say is better to steal than to beg

  19. Some comments produces smell when reading. Malawi cant survive by selling ivory. God will provide us with evrthng including Food. Tanza must distance itself coz something can happen

  20. Thats Stupid!! Burning Ivory Amounting To 5 Bilion Yet People R Starving In The Country & At The Same Time The Government Is Requesting 4 Donors To Supplement Our Financial Budget.

  21. You need to think of that ivory as any other illegal merchandise. If Malawi was to sell or use this ivory in any other way that would be like condoning the illegal killing of our game.

  22. Burning ivory to please rich nations when your own people are starving. Shame. Tanzania warned you in good faith because it had it’s portion in that .

  23. Malawi is poor country why don’t you just sell those ivory? There is no drugs in the hospitals, shortage of food, plus plus so many things we don’t have why u did such ridiculous thing.

    • As a land locked country we can’t do without Tanzania and Mozambique. That ivory was seized while in transit to a third country. Hence TZ. advised Malawi not to burn it pending investigation. Forinsic remains can tell which region those animals came from.

    • I totally agree with Peter Chikweza, the Government of Tanzania didn’t stop Malawi from burning the Ivory. However, it only asked Malawi to wait for further investigations due pending cases in the courts. To combat cases of this nature, it needs the coordination of both countries.

  24. Koma apa tinapusatu apa, zoona kuotcha 5 billion. If I was the one masterminding this issue, I would have made a deal with all the affected parties to have the ivory sold secretly in the illegal market and lie to the public that the ivory has been burnt bola kusunga chinsinsi

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