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Police in Lilongwe have arrested Robin Chioshya, 37, and Warry Ghambi, 41, for being found in possession of elephant tusks without supporting documentation.

Central Region Police spokesperson, Nolliettie Chihana, said Wednesday that officers from National Police Headquarters were tipped-off that Chioshya and Ghambi were offering for sale raw ivory.

“A team of officers from the police and Department of National Parks and Wildlife followed up on the tip-off. An undercover officer who acted as a buyer went to the house of the second suspect where the two suspects were rounded up and ivory tusks weighing 6.5 kilogrammes valued at K9,750,000.00 got seized,” Chihana said.

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She said the duo will soon be taken to court to answer charges of illegal possession of specimen of protected species contrary to Section 86 (1) of National Parks and Wildlife Act, and dealing in government/ wildlife trophies contrary to Section 91 of National Parks and Wildlife Act.

Chioshya comes from Thomas Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Simphasi, Mchinji while Ghambi, a teacher at Chitedze Community Day Secondary School, comes from Mwenikuti Village in T/A Mwaulambia in Chitipa

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