Five poachers appeared in the Chipata, Mambwe and Petauke magistrates’ courts. Each was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison with hard labour.
According to Tourism and Arts Public Relations Officer Sakabilo Kalembwe, Joseph Nkhoma, 54, in Chipata, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of four cut pieces of ivory weighing 9kg.
Three men were nabbed in Mfuwe having two pieces of ivory weighing 10.5kg. They were charged and convicted at the Mambwe Magistrates’ Court.
“Emerson Banda, aged 38, was convicted first, following his plea of guilty while his co-accused, Sanford Muhande, 28, and Gideon Chulu, 30, pleaded not guilty but were later convicted due to overwhelming evidence against them,” Kalembwe confirmed.
A 55-year old man was found guilty of illegal possession of a pangolin skin at the Petauke Magistrate Court.
“Zakeyo Zulu was apprehended in Petauke District by officers from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife who found him with the skin and scales of the protected animal,” Kalembwe stated.