By Cynthia Moyo 28/4/15
President Peter Mutharika warned all perpetrators of wildlife crime that Malawi is now fully armored to combat the malpractice but questions tend to arise as one of his trusted aide Ben Phiri is also a wildlife Criminal who duped him on postponing the burning the Ivory with the intentions of selling it.
Mutharika sounded out this warning which was delivered Saturday at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe upon arrival from the United States of America where he attended the Congressional International Conventional Gala (ICCG) analyst questions its motives.
“We now have enough resources to combat crime against wildlife and I warn all poachers, ivory smugglers and those who destroy wildlife that this is now war; your time is over,” said Mutharika who has also been honoured at the gala as a gallant fighter of crime against wildlife.
Speaking to one analyst who opted to remain anonymous said this warning raises questions from all those who have been watching what is happening underground.
“How can he warn those wildlife criminals whilst he has one in his own house and he has never done anything about his trusted aide who is involved in Ivory business? This I believe is just cheap politics that Malawians should never realise what happened with the Ivory that was supposed to be burned on the commemoration day,” said the analyst.
Though Muntharika stating that the honour is not specifically his as an individual but rather for every Malawian and challenged the general public to join in the fight of preserving wildlife Malawians still have questions on how they can preserve wildlife whilst the President himself is failing to preserve it.
During his visit to U.S, President Mutharika had also delivered a keynote address in which he had stressed his commitment in the preservation of wildlife despite knowing that this commitment is stale such that he is also interested in making himself rich with ivory business.