Ivory ‘smuggled out of Malawi’ seized in Australia

As Malawi government postponed its plan to torch ivory stockpile worth $7.5 million but a large shipment of illegal ivory was smuggled out of the country only to be seized by Australian Customs officials while en-route to Malaysia.

Game Ranger on a display of the Ivory heaped in the Parliament building - Pic by Stanley Makuti

Game Ranger on a display of the Ivory heaped in the Parliament building – Pic by Stanley Makuti

More than 110kg of ivory, valued at more than 385 000 US dollars and believed to have been harvested from poached elephants, was discovered on ship during a stop-over in Perth in Western Australia.

Government spokesperson, Kondwani Nakhumwa said the postponement to torch ivory came because government was advised that another 2.6 tonnes of ivory is still in the system as exhibits are awaiting conclusion in courts.

Director of Parks and Wildlife, Brighton Kumchedwa, said the ivory that was meant to be burnt “is sitill intact”.

Kumchedwa suspected that ivory from Malawi could have been targeted for illegal ivory trade due to poor wildlife legislation because those dealing in ivory trade are wealthy people and study weaknesses of the structures of a particular country before exploiting them.

He  said while they have achieved results in combating illegal ivory trade, government still has work to do.

“Whilst some tremendous results in the last year, wildlife conservation is heading towards a crisis that requires collaboration, grit and determination. The fight has only just begun.” said Kumchedwa

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16 thoughts on “Ivory ‘smuggled out of Malawi’ seized in Australia”

  1. Alibe Wache says:

    Agalu inu mwatapanso Ivory m’mati muwotcheyo eee nde muyalukatu, kaya zanu izo.

  2. THIS IS WHAT I NOTED, TO SAY THE TRUETH WILL COME, YOU SEE NOW, CHEATING DOES NOT PAY.

  3. Comment: Agalu nonse a DPP why tell us lies we are not kids. Mwamuwona Mulungu mwayaluka.

  4. Mike siliya says:

    Comment; oky, ben phiri kodi.

  5. MJK says:

    Zanu izo! non of my concern

  6. Team 92 Billion says:

    Ameneyo ndiiye Peter Mutharika aphwanga mbava yotheratu

  7. Bertha says:

    Komadi .mu ma airport .mu ena akulemera ndi katangale akumathandiza kutulusa ndikulowetsa illegal stuff and immigrants nanga inu munthu mmodzi galimoto four wa police pa KIA mmmmmmmmmmmmm tikugwirani

  8. Milward says:

    Sensational reporting, very pathetic! A large shipment and you talk of about 110kgs? How many pieces are these? Ndiye wina akuti apinda ma PVC pipes kuti akaotchedwe ngati ivory – very naïve!

    1. Mphuno Salota says:

      Kikikiki! Koma ndiye zakukhudzani zeditu a Milward mwinadi mulu mwajambulawo ndi wa ma PVC lol lol!

  9. Mphuno Salota says:

    Akutinamiza apinda ma pipe a PVC akukanengo kutinamiza kuti akuotcha ivory, ivory weni weni atamzembetsa.

    Koma Ben Phiri, Iwe ndiye waposa alomwe onse ugayi!

  10. chipute says:

    “sitill”? And you were making fun of a misspelt Ckock tower in Mzuzu

  11. KIA POLICE says:

    Almost everbody at KIA and Chileka airport is involved in this malpractice except civil Aviation staff ndi amene akutuwa mma airport anzawowa akungogura magalimoto. This is also an outbreak because they are no stiff punishment.Some were caught at KIA but now they freely working at the airport

  12. MAMINA says:

    MUMATI MUWOTCHE MA IVORY YABOZA KOMA YENIYENIYO MUTATUMIZA KALE KUNJA EEEEETII ???

  13. zandile says:

    So Kumchedwa knows the people behind the business. Plz reveal their names.

  14. John says:

    Izotu timanena zija za DPP ndima mafia ake aja. Zinapezeka pamenepo za campaign ya Ben Phiri. Woyee mafiaso woyeee!!

  15. Pompido says:

    Interesting.

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