Man slapped with 7 years for K58 million worth of ivory

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The chief resident magistrate in Machinga district on Friday sentenced 38 year-old James Mwera to seven years imprisonment for killing elephants and selling ivory.

According to state prosecutor Dickens Mwambazi, police were tipped that the convict was keeping and selling ivory, a development which led the law enforcers and game officers to spy at his house.

“They managed to arrest the convict and seize six pieces of ivory weighing 42 kilograms,” he said.

PrisonMwera was  charged with entering a protected area, entering a protected area with a weapon, killing protected animals, being found in possession of ivory and selling ivory without licence.

An expert on endangered species, Mailosi Zidana, valued the six pieces of ivory at 58 million kwacha and valued the three killed elephants at 105 million kwacha.

Mwambazi asked the court to hand out a stiff punishment to the convict saying cases of poaching are rampant in areas around national parks in the country.

During mitigation, the convict hoped he will be fined or be given a community service punishment since he is a breadwinner who takes care of four orphans.

Passing her judgement, chief resident magistrate Agness Patemba slapped Mwera to serve prison terms for the five offences with the aim of deterring other would-be offenders.

She sentenced him to two years for entering a protected area, two years for entering protected area with a weapon, seven years for killing protected animals, six years for possesing ivory and six years for selling ivory. The sentences will run concurently.

Mwera comes from Amidu village in the area of Traditional Authority Liwonde of Machinga District.

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  1. Kodi chenjobvu, rhinos zisiyana bwanji ndi nyama zinazi. M’mesa mulungu anati ndi ndiwo za ifeyo ndinso titha kugwiritsa ntchito ma products ake. Bwanji munthu samangidwa akapha gwape kapena monkey? Are these not also endangered species. Njobvu ikapha munthu nothing happens, tiziti njobvu’s rights are more superior than that of a human being.

  2. Kumalawi kumeneko, dzana wina amugamula 6yrs ati chifukwa anaba 50kg ya chimanga koma uyu wa mamilions 7yrs. Why not kungomusiira Namalenga?

  3. Kodi ma price a minyangayi imachokera kuti? Kapena kalero inalipo nde zimakhala bwanji ngati ndi zoletsedwa kugulitsidwa? Nde ngati nsika ulipo let them sale. Koma asaphenso zina Njovuzo.

  4. uchitsilu omwe akupanga astogoleli muno mm’alawi ndiumenewu,wina akupha alubino osamumanga!opha njovu kundende kodi njovu ndi munthu chofunika ndichani?jajiyo pantumbo paame

  5. Kkkkkkkk wapha njovu wagulitsa aivory 7r kuphela? Aaaa zdikoli ndaliwona nlazigawozigawoooo atumbuka ali ndimalamulo awo, achawa malamulo, asena awonso nawo, alomwe thyolo monga mwathyolo, achewa nawo mwantundu wawo, achawa sanga machinga nawo ndi joyce wawo kumeneko atupele nkati , zavuta basi

  6. Dziko lamalawi ndi lamasauso komanso lodzundza kupha njovu sikulakwa ayi .bwanji simukumanga anthu omwe akupha anzao osalakwawa zikungooneseratu kupanda chifundo kwanu.kusamalira nyama osati anthu .

  7. Atsongoleli akumalawi ndi agalu basi munthu akupha munthu mzake mukungoyang’ana koma akapha chinyama mukumumanga kodi million ndi billion kumachuluka iti ndatha kuona kuti kuti aboma mukuxiwapo kanthu pachilichonse paxa anthu omwe akuphedwawo pano akwana 18 albino omwe aphedwa koma mwamanga anthu atatu okha basi pamenepomwalamula munthu modxi yekha kuti akakhale kundende moyo onse kumati enawo ayi mbuxi xawanthu muxafa ifa yowawa ndithu