By Luciano Milala
The Ntchisi first grade magistrate court has convicted and sentenced two men to two years imprisonment with hard labor each for being found in possession of elephant tusks.
According to Ntchisi police Public Relations Officer Gladson M`Bumpha, the court heard that Gladstone Mthawanji , 32 and James Mtsiro 32 were found selling two elephant tusks within Ntchisi District Hospital Market.
He added that, “they were arrested on September 15, 2017 after well-wishers tipped off police about the illegal business. They pleaded guilty to two charges of illegal possession of specimen of protected species and dealing in government trophies.” M’bumpha said.
When Passing Judgment, first grade magistrate Dorothy Kalua said the convicts committed serious crime, so the only way to deter others from committing the similar offences is to hand custodial sentences to the offenders.
She then sentenced the two to two years imprisonment with hard labor each to send a warning to others with similar deeds.
Mthawanji hails from Tandwe village in the area of traditional Authority Malenga whereas James Mtsiro hails from Kamphukire village in the area of traditional authority Chilooko in Ntchisi District.