K4 Million for Illegal Possessing and Trafficking Timber

Illegal timber trading is contributing to environmental degradation in the country Illegal timber trading is contributing to environmental degradation in the country - file photo

Senior Resident Magistrate Shaheeda Hannif Bakili of Mulanje Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday ordered two men to pay fines amounting to K4 million for possessing and trafficking 1, 200 timbers without authority.

Court documents show that Chiona Chafika aged 49 and Aubrey Nyirenda aged 43 were found trafficking 1, 200 planks of timber from Mulanje going to unknown destination.

The two failed to produce any document for the timbers let alone conveyors certificate.

They were arrested and Chafika was charged with trafficking timbers without authority while Nyirenda was charged with illegal possession of timbers and trafficking timbers without documents.

On trafficking timbers, Senior Resident Magistrate Shaheeda Hannif Bakili found both guilty and ordered them to pay K500, 000 each.

For illegally possessing timbers, Nyirenda was convicted on the same and was ordered to pay a fine of K1 million.

The Magistrate ordered that the motor vehicle used in transporting timbers to be released after paying K2 million.

Another order made was that the planks be forfeited to Malawi government through the department of forest and when sold, K1 million should go to forest department.

The case was jointly prosecuted by Assistant Superintendent Hartwell Kachikonga and Counsel Samuel Chisanga from Director of Public Prosecutions’ chambers.

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