Tanzania obtains injunction against Malawi ivory burn

The High Court in Mzuzu has granted the Government of Tanzania an injunction against the burning of 2.6 tonnes of ivory smuggled across the border, arguing the horns would be used as evidence during prosecution against poaching suspects.

Impounded ivory in Malawi

Impounded ivory in Malawi

However, presiding Judge Dingiswayo Madise has fined Tanzania K1 million for a late call against burning of the K4.5bn ivory.

The burning ceremony was earmarked for Mzuzu Nature Sunctuary as Malawi ramps up its efforts to curb poaching..

“We were all set to burn the trafficked ivory on Friday morning to show our commitment to the fight against elephant poaching and illegal trafficking of ivory until Tanzania prosecutors appeared to seek a court order to stop the process,” said Bright Kumchedwa, director of Malawi’s parks and wildlife department.

“The Tanzanians are seeking ways to take the ivory back home to be used as evidence,” said Kumchedwa.

“They want their ivory despite Malawi giving them notice of our intention to burn the illegal ivory. They never responded to our notice.”

Recently, the High Court in Mzuzu ordered Patrick and Chancy Kaunda to pay K5 million or spend seven years in jail for being found with ivory concealed under cement bags to beat security.

Malawi is currently reviewing its wildlife act to provide for stiffer penalties.

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43 thoughts on “Tanzania obtains injunction against Malawi ivory burn”

  1. Majidu says:

    A Tanzania akuba. Akufuna akagutse nyanga zathu. Osabetsa nyanga.

  2. Zagwazatha says:

    Iwe thako lambeta akuwuza ndani kuti Malawi ilibe ndalama?ukamufunse Lutepo ndi anzake ndipo iwe ku Malawi kuno ukutani ngati kulibe ndalama? Mwano basi..

  3. PHILLIPS CHISAMBO says:

    As poor as we are! Malawi must sell those Ivory to gain some money and help develop our country.K4.5bn is way too much money and that can go along way in the budget. They are Natural resources,we got nothing to loose. U see what Tanzania is saying,it makes sense,will make somthing out of it. Why do we want to follow in the footsteps of the rich,while we got nothing? What do we expect to achieve by burning this cheap source a couple Billion K?

  4. chibwabwa says:

    zootcha/kutentha ivory ziribe mutu. Ndipatseni ndikagulitse. Ine ndalama ndikuzifuna.

  5. mphatso c says:

    why burning,Malawi can earn something from these ivory.

  6. Steve Ng'omba says:

    Nonsense! why burning K4.5 bn

  7. RoyK says:

    Not forgetting that Malawi is the poorest on the globe

  8. Limbani Maxwell Teputepu says:

    Burning the Ivory?? Malawi you are a sleeping giant!!!

  9. RSA commentetor Mac says:

    Mukagwila okupha nyama mwachisawawa CHONDE apheni mkhalango momwemo afisi nawo akhwasule.

  10. Julius Phiri says:

    Why burn the ivory am sure the gorvement can get something from these ivory

  11. Aubrey says:

    Zopusa zedi izi…umboni wanji wozatenga ku malawi. Zachinyengo zokuba. Walandila ndalama kuluyu

  12. Thako Lambeta says:

    Cry my beloved country, muwotcha bwanji zinthu za 4.5 billion pamwne dziko lanu lilibe ndalama, mchifukwa chake dziko likusaukira saukirabe.

  13. Brino says:

    Kodi nalanda nakala mumakatani nao inu aforest mumakataya kapena kuotcha.i really don’t understand this burning issue. Those responsible have arrested already. Why burning then. Is it fame or?

  14. CAIROS says:

    Please advise me, What is the meaning of burning a thing that has potential to release wealth? MW DON’T DO THAT PLEASE !!

  15. Mbunga says:

    Burning ivory worth billions of Kwachas? Are you out of your f**king minds????

  16. chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa says:

    I hope decision to burn Ivory is based on our regulations or laws that ivory Must be burned once found with poachers illegally. We must have signed a treaty that needs to show our commitment to discourage poachers. Tanzania why should it take so long to make a decision. ACB needs to investigate. Some selfish individuals want to benefit out of it.

  17. concerned tax payer says:

    How will the burning of already confiscated ivory determination poaching? If Malawi doesn’t know how to profitably use the ivory, then give it to Tanzanians. They’ll sell it to the Chinese and use the proceeds to fund conservation programs

  18. Chifundo says:

    Madise was not wrong in granting that injunction,only that fine ndiyochepa,these people take us for granted. The issue of the Lake is still in the balance.

  19. Hassan Afia says:

    Whats the problem of Tanzania otherwise we hv to start using our petrol whether Tanzania will hv power cz its over nw since Ngwazi Kamuzu up to nw zakwana

  20. Last time they wanted to steal lake Malawi nw its Ivory.watch out Malawi

  21. Tozer Tsono says:

    After Elephants are slaughtered already, what good does it do to burn the Ivory? If the Ivory had been sold, and the poachers had billions of dollars in their bank accounts, would you burn it?
    That said, Ivory could have originated in Malawi from poached elephants, shipped across the border to Tanzania, packaged and sent back across the border for further distribution to consumers in other countries. How can anyone tell where the Ivory came from as if traffickers are restricted by any border or a certain shape of Ivory exists only in one country? I have not known Tanzania asking European countries to preserved poached Ivory for evidence. Of course it would be difficult to prove where in Africa the Ivory came from. Late comment but valuable!

  22. Nathan says:

    Mukatentha Ivory mupindulapo chani? Kodi aku Tanzania akayimba ndani mulandu poti ogwidwawo mwawagamula kale? Aku Tanzania musawapatse Ivory, akungofuna kukagulitsa. Kuli bwino mugulitse Ivory ndipo ndalamazo mugulire Aspirini ndi Panado yemwe akusowa pa ka Chipatala kali pa ma robots ku Mzuzu ko.

  23. dadaboma says:

    TZ is right to claim back its ivory. Why?
    1. The ivory belongs to TZ. That’s why, upon impounding the stuff, MW govt had to inform TZ because the items do not belong to MW.
    2. It does not make sense to burn the tusks when the items can be sold to make money that can help curb further poaching. Enforcement personnel need motivation and technical capacity enhancement to do their job properly. It is stupid to lose both the elephants and their tusks – at least the elephants are gone but the tusks have been recovered. And Malawi, being the poorest country in the world, can benefit economically from the sale of the tusks – if the tusks belonged to it anyway.
    3. TZ is better at managing its natural resources, its people and its economy, so MW has to bow down to TZ on such matters. Malawi is in wrong hands in terms of governance and risks being swallowed by the capable TZ either through courts or battlefield.

  24. Smoko boy says:

    Kodi mataifa amatidelela chifukuwa chiani? Apa tidzangoswanapo basi osati zomangodelelanazo ayi, fotseki..!!

  25. Buggie says:

    Abale apatu chibwezi cha akazako kukulowela kuchipinda kudzatenga akazako.kkkkkkkk.

  26. choncho says:

    how does this work. A foreign govt getting an injunction against another govt? What is the use of embassies? Couldnt this issue have been sorted out diplomatically? I am seeing war btwin malawi and tanznia one day. Sure one these countries will go to war. There seem to b a relapse of diplomacy btwin th two countries

  27. Jack c says:

    Nyangazi palibe kuotcha kulbwno kuwapasa acashgeowo

  28. walero says:

    Review money laundering bill and law to provide very stiff penalties osati zanyama

  29. Mlomwe says:

    Amalaw kupusa… Anzanu alemerelapo apa Ntaifa waiwerenga mumva kuti iye wakagulisa ku china akunama apa kut akufuna akapange ma exibit… Amalaw tulo limeneri bwanji??? Mnzungu azatilamula mpaka liti??

  30. thumbwe man says:

    Asogoleri timakhala nawo kwathu kuno koma kuba. How government kept all this ivory all this long nobody believes. If it was cash atagawana zana. Stupid Malawi.! Uyu akuzicha proffesor, wautsiru i thought the talking bwibwibwi uja mpakamwa pokha but in the brain as well. How could you keep 4.5billion and then you say bwibwibwi! Muoneni can you please show your muscle as head in this country? Koma kumaimbila mafoni ma college bosses for mwana wompeza atakukaniza nyono Ghetrude. Foseki! Milomo.

  31. Patriot says:

    kikiki koma Tanzania kumuthila moto petulo kkkk

  32. chriss says:

    Malawi dzuka, iyi ndi deal between Tanzania and DPP government, its 4.5billion remember….

  33. Zymology says:

    senseles madise 4 thinking of burning money & thnks tanzanians 4 ur brevery, u ar indeed very intelligent more than these poor manyasa who want 2 destroy their wealth and only 2 think ov cashgating, manyasa osazindikira awa. sapatsa pamanja koma olimbika ndi oganiza bwino. burrying k4.5 bn? eish! crazy madise ndi anthu ako a small brain ngati makoswe

  34. i miss kamuzu says:

    mumvetsetse nkhaniyi please. katunduyo ndi evidence pa mlandu ku tanzaniako. evidence ifunika kuti mlandu utheke kumeneko. chimodzi modzi galimoto ikabedwa kuno ndukagulitsidwa ku mozambique, ma pholisa akuno amakayitengako galimotoyo ikapezeka.

  35. jona says:

    Ndimmenenso atengele nyanja ija Maine!

  36. chisomo mphande says:

    these people idnt knw wat they want to our country. or let us give them our wonderful country

  37. MCHOMBOLENDE says:

    FOOLISH MALAWIANS BURNING 4.5 BILLION WHEN THEY HAVE EMPTY DRUG STRORES IN THEIR HOSPITALS AND TEACHERS ARE NOT PAID SALARY. PUT THE POACHERS IN JAIL FOR 20 YEARS I SAY BUT PUT THE IVORY TO GOOD USE: SELL IT TO FLOOD THE MARKET AND THEIR MAY EVEN BE LOW DEMAND AND THUS LESS INCENTIVE TO KILL ANIMALS. OTHERWISE GIVE THE IVORY TO TANZANIA, THEY ARE MORE INTERIGENT THAN MALAWIANS, THEY WILL PUT IT TO GOOD USE.

  38. Mapiri says:

    Madise shud not hav granted injuction. The people were caught in Malawi not Tanzania why should Tanzania be concerned? Malawi govt shud not allow this.

  39. cheyo the real northerner says:

    No logic. Tanzanians are crooks. Wake up Malawi

  40. Benford says:

    nyama zinafa kale, ndiye palibe chifukwa kuti ti otche ivory, let sell it to china or US, to bust our economy, TZ please you play with frames.

  41. apa ndiye palowa chinyengo ,confusing how is Tanzanian Government coming in then, in simple way just pay MRA Officers for the work well done, a Bright ndi Wildlife Park yanuyo where wya u time MRA Officers impounded the Ivory, or let MRA collect duty on it , thinking of re export it

  42. drzeus says:

    Malawi the poorest country in the world wants to burn K4.5bn worth of ivory so that they will b seen to be protecting elephants, whilst if Tanzania will succeed in getting the ivory back they will sell it!

  43. daniel samarakunjuta says:

    Tanzania is always playing with malawi why?the ivory was found malawi not Tanzania itself so the law must do its work in Malawi not Tanzania damn!!!!pls deal with it lawfully.

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