Mangochi Police Station is keeping in custody two brothers, Cassim and Anold Ayami both aged 35 for illegal possession of a live Pangolin.
Mangochi police deputy spokesperson Amina Tepani Daudi said the two were offering the prohibited animal for sale at K4.5 million.
“The incident occurred on the morning of August 19, 2020 at Mwalandiridwa Resthouse within Mangochi Township.”
Daudi said Wildlife Crime Investigation Unit officers from Lilongwe were tipped by members of the public about the matter.
“The officers in conjunction with Mangochi Police detectives traced the two brothers and arrested them at the said resthouse. The live Pangolin was found hidden in a black school bag under the bed,” she said.
“The duo who comes from Chiponde village traditional authority Jalasi in Mangochi claimed to have acquired the live species from Mozambique.”
Daudi said have been charged with an offence of illegal possession of specimen of listed species contrary to section 110(b)of National Parks and Wildlife Act.
Both will appear before court after investigations are completed.