The Mzimba Senior Resident Magistrate Court has convicted and sentenced Senge Shaba to five years imprisonment with hard labour for being found in possession of listed specimens and dealing in government trophy.
The court heard that officers from Mzimba Police Station and, National Parks and Wildlife head office followed up a tip that someone was offering for sale ivory at Madede in the district.
Northern Region Police headquarters prosecutor Sub Inspector Lloyd Banda told the court that when the law enforcers reached the area, they intercepted the transaction and arrested 41- year-old Senge Shaba while two other suspects escaped.
"My worship, the ivory was carried on a non-registered motorcycle by the suspect. The ivory weighs 7.1 kilograms and is valued at K5, 857,500.00," Banda told the court.
Shaba pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him. This forced the state to parade three witnesses to prove the case.
In his submission, Banda urged the court to impose a stiffer sentence to Shaba in order to deter would be offenders.
"The wildlife species must be protected as they help government to collect more revenue,” Banda said.
He added that the commission of the offence was well planned by the accused.
He further said the suspect was a fully grown man, as such, he knew the consequences of committing the offence.
In mitigation, Shaba asked for leniency, saying he is first offender and has a big family responsibility.
Passing sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Mathews Msiska concurred with the state submission and slapped Shaba with a 5-year jail term on each count to run concurrently.
Senge Shaba hails from Alias Shaba Village in Traditional Authority Chindi in Mzimba.