US Embassy comes to the defence of detained official

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…says it wasn’t ivory

US Deputy Ambassador to Malawi was temporaliy stopped from leaving the country after he was found with what was thought to be ivory at Kamuzu International Airport, the embassy has confirmed.

Virginia Palmer

Ambassador Palmer’s ‘ex-deputy’ was temporarily detained

In a response to Malawi24, the embassy said an ex official of the embassy was indeed detained at the airport after being found with an item that looked like ivory.

The mission also clarified that the arrested official is no longer working with them .

The embassy described the incident to have been caused by a ‘small’ item.

“Our former Deputy Chief of Mission’s personal luggage was inspected prior to his departure from Kamuzu International Airport on June 1. The Malawian authorities who conducted an initial routine inspection of the luggage detected a small item that warranted further inspection” the embassy told Malawi24.

The embassy said that following a second inspection, the deputy chief of mission was allowed to leave Malawi.

Meanwhile some quarters have suggested that the official was left scot free for being an American but he was indeed smuggling ivory.

President Peter Mutharika is leading a campaign to end ivory trade internationally as it leads tyo poaching of elephants.

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  1. azungu ndiochenjera amadziwa kuti Ivory nd deal ,

    zikapezeka zambiri amati ziotcheni basi aMalawi kupusa kumaotchadi

    iwo akazipeza amazigwirisa ntchito bwino!

    siyani aMalawi kuotcha Ivory nd deal!

  2. We are stll in the hands of White person,this is why we r salutng them & Sayng Malawi is poor while possesions are manpulate,i see no different wth the early Nyasaland.Kkkkkkkkk we r endeed Monkeys together wth our Leader. FLAMES sinzamva.

  3. “Ivory” Or Chkhale Konkuno Kumalaw Tizitani Nacho? Apitenazo Zimenezo Akazigwilitse Tchito, Ife Amalaw Ndife Ogona. Pamenepo2 Chamoyo Chinafa We The Malawians And Those Police Officers Who Arrestd That Deputy US Ambasada Had Failed To Protect It.
    Vam’malaw Timangodziwa Kumangana Tokhatokha Basi Ndende Kungodzadza Ndi Amphawi Okhaokha.
    Thats Lack Of Justice I Bet This Nation Of Ours Which We Call A Peaceful One, Will Never Develop
    If this shit continues

  4. IVORY can not be thought to be IVORY. A BIG SHAME on Palmer, her deputy & the US Government when this reveals that the bans impossed on the Africans are not genuine but that Europe & the West just don’t like Africa to rule over it’s own resources. Africa is made not to have the capacity to manage it’s Oils & Minerals & what ever it can manage without the Europeans is always illegal.

  5. The arrest was illegal because of what is stipulates in the Vienna Convention of diplomatic relations 1961 which states that a diplomat may not be arrest for the reason of diplomatic immunity under articles 31 , 37 of the convention state that the Mr.Gonzalez was a diplomat and as such there neeđ is to be very careful.

      • Malawians have a jealous evil heart…
        AMERICANS AND FOREIGNERS ARE MISTREATED THERE

        AMERICANS ARE THE RICHEST AND MOST EDUCATED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD…AFRICANS THE POOREST AND MOST UNEDUCATED. ENOUGH SAID

  6. Haha! Still living in the shadow of these so called whites. Now I conclude that the govt still perceive these people to be better than us. What if it was a real, I mean indigenous people! What could have been the consequences?

  7. Haha! Still living in the shadow of these so called whites. Now I conclude that the govt still perceive these people to be better than us. What if it was a real, I mean indigenous people! What could have been the consequences?