LUSAKA BUSINESSMAN JAILED FOR BEING IN POSSESSION OF 196KG OF ELEPHANT MEAT
Written by newsroom on November 23, 2021
The Livingstone Magistrate Court has sentenced a 40-year-old businessman and resident of Garden-Chilulu Compound in Lusaka to five years imprisonment with hard labour for unlawful possession of 196 kilograms of dried elephant meat.
The businessman has also been sentenced to one-year-six-months imprisonment to run concurrently for escaping lawful custody in 2019 after being arrested for unlawful possession of 241 kilograms of elephant ivory.
Chrispine Chilufya aged 40, was arrested at Siankaba in Livingstone as the elephant is suspected to have been poached in neighbouring Zimbabwe.
Tourism and Art Ministry Spokesperson Sakabilo Kalembwe has confirmed the development.
Mr Kalembwe says the offense is contrary to section 130 (1) of the Zambia Wildlife Act No. 14 of 2015 which prohibits unlawful possession of trophies of protected animals.
Chilufya was arrested by officers from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife on 19th October, 2021 after a tip from members of the public and that during the operation, officers confiscated 84 bundles of elephant meat weighing 196 kgs, concealed in three carton boxes, four sacks and two laptop bags.
By Raphael Mulenga