Police in Kasungu are keeping in custody four game poachers for illegally possessing and manufacturing firearms.
Public Relations Officer for Kasungu police Edna Mzingwitsa confirmed this to Malawi24 and identified the four as Matiyasi Bwenje, 58, Kundika Benamu, 48, Richard Elson, 35, and Jailosi Chitseka, 44.
She said Bwenje and Benamu were found with 14 muzzle loader rifles manufactured by themselves while Elson and Chitseka were found with two unregistered rifles, one pump gun, and a green riffle.
Mzingwitsa said the four were arrested during the Anti-Poaching Operation conducted during the night of 13- 14 October, in the villages around Kasungu National Park.
“During the operation, 18 rifles which were being illegally possessed were recovered,” she explained.
The four have since been charged with illegal manufacturing of firearms and illegal possession of firearms contrary to Section 12 if Firearms Act.
They will appear before court after the police conclude investigations to answer charges leveled against them.
Matiyasi Bwenje, hails from Chigawo village, Traditional Authority Kawamba in Kasungu district, while Kundika Benamu, Richard Elson, and Jailosi Chitseka comes from Chipembere village Traditional Authority Mthunduwala in Kasungu.