Tourists disappear in Malawi as elephant poaching reach unprecedented levels

Government is now conceding that elephant poaching has reached unprecedented levels in Malawi national parks and game reserves forcing a high drop in tourism population in these sites.

Roza Mbilizi: o crack down on illegal exportation of wildlife products

Roza Mbilizi: Withn MRA mandate to crack down on illegal exportation of wildlife products

Director of Wildlife and Parks Brighton Kunchedwa said this on Monday in Blantyre during the opening of a two week workshop to sensitise Malawi Revenue Authority how to combat poaching and identify wildlife products.

“For example, in Kasungu National Park we had 2000 elephants now we have less than 40. Almost all the elephants are wiped out by poachers;” said Kunchedwa.

He said concessionaires at Nkhotakota Game Reserve will soon be restocking the elephant population from the current 400 to 1500 to ring the game reserve back to its old glory.

Kunchedwa said Liwonde National Park has an over population of elephants which have reached an unmanageable levels therefore some elephants would be relocated to Nkhotakota Game Reserve.

Deputy Director of the Malawi Revenue Authority Rosa Mbilizi said it is within the mandate of her organisation to crack down on illegal exportation of wildlife products.

She lamented that it was sad that apart from elephants that are hunted down and killed for their ivory, some precious fish and flowers continue to be illegally exported with impunity.

Mbilizi said apart from weak legislation that hands down soft sentences on illegal exporters of wildlife, most MRA officials would not identify wildlife products.

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16 thoughts on “Tourists disappear in Malawi as elephant poaching reach unprecedented levels”

  1. Jamison Chagwa Lungu says:

    Ma rubbish business. English is a language of tourists that’s why it is missing in the article.

  2. Jolinjo says:

    Misleading or not
    The fact is if you’re down to double figures from thousands then that area (lifupa) has an identifiable problem
    Also i think this area is adjecent to luangwa area….migration?

  3. Chigawaneni says:

    Very misleading is the title of this article indeed. But why should that be the case?

  4. redeemed says:

    I find the heading completely misleading.

  5. John Kanthyaga says:

    You are right Mr Nankununkha. I totally agree with you.

  6. chikwe says:

    Results of having friend with a knife.kkkkkkkk.

  7. Anti Orange says:

    What a surprise, you let the Chinese in and then see an increase in poaching. China is the largest market for wild animal products and they will go anywhere to get them.

  8. Peter Ibu Lhomwe says:

    Deploy the Malawi Defense Forces in our parks. That’s the only solution to combat poaching. South Africa has used same strategy.

  9. Chingolopiyo says:

    Those are results of taking China as a friend not knowing that china is benefiting alot in porching in Malawi, they load the ivory in the containers of logs

  10. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    Dziko la masiye ili. President adamwalira 1997.

  11. Patriot says:

    Mukuuza anaaaa kapena?
    Tourists are dissapearing because of:
    1) VISA REQUIREMENT
    2) UNSTABLE FOREX
    3) HUGE INCREASE IN PRICES OF VARIOUS GOODS AND SERVCES

  12. Zondiwe says:

    Be careful with your headlines.
    “Tourists disappearing in Malawi” is not the same as “a high drop in tourism population.”
    Be very very careful indeed.

  13. the watchman says:

    you know this yet you do nothing so what’s the point of even talking? just send in the army mayi. they have lots of time on their hands polishing boots and beating up civilians.

  14. Chong Weng Chooo says:

    Ma Chinese amenewo mmayesa mukuti akukupangilani chitukuko? Malipilo achita intertain anthu amenewa ndi a menewo

  15. Wisdom Of Karonga says:

    Nyika national park is not in Malawi but Zambia kikkkkkk.They are only concerned about reserves and parks that are part of Malawi, that’s the DPP that I know.

  16. Do you put your mind about Nyika national Park?

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