TWO JAILED FOR BEING IN POSSESSION OF IVORY
Written by newsroom on January 14, 2022
The Mazabuka Magistrates Court has sentenced two notorious Ivory traders to seven years imprisonment each with hard labour after they were convicted for unlawful possession of 107 kilograms of ivory contrary to the laws of Zambia.
The two are Joseph Mulyata 41 and Mark Mukanya 49 were arrested on 6th May, 2019 by officers from the department of National Parks and Wildlife following a tip off from members of the community who suspected that they were selling ivory.
Ministry of Tourism Spokesperson Sakabilo Kalembwe says the suspects were jointly charged with unlawful possession of Elephant ivory, weighing 107 kilograms contrary to section 130 (2) of the Zambia Wildlife Act number 14 of 2015.
The duo however pleaded not guilty to the charge but after a lengthy trial that took over two years, the Court convicted and sentenced them to seven years while the other unnamed co-accused was acquitted as no evidence was found linking him to the offence.
Under the Zambia wildlife Act number 14 of 2015, unlawful possession of ivory attracts a minimum of five years imprisonment.
Courts across the country are handling notorious wildlife criminals prison sentences above the minimum to discourage people from engaging in wildlife crimes.
By Raphael Mulenga