Ivory possession earns Mangochi man two years in jail

Mangochi Second Grade Magistrate Court on 22 October 2019, sentenced 37-year-old, Useni Awali to two years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for illegal possession of two pieces of ivory without a permit.

State Prosecutor Assistant Superintendent, Efford Kamphonje, told the court that on 18 October at around 03:00pm, Awali was found offering for sale two pieces of ivory at a price of K987,000 within Mangochi Township.

According to Kamphonje, the convict was charged on the count of illegal possession of a specimen of a listed species contrary to section 86(1) of the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

Awali pleaded guilty to the charge.

In mitigation, the convict asked for leniency on the basis that he acted out of ignorance.

The state requested a stiff penalty saying the conduct of the convict was a threat to listed species.

Presiding magistrate, Augustine Mezaya, sentenced Awali to two years IHL in order to deter would-be offenders.

Awali hails from Mwala village in the area of Traditional Authority Chowe.

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