Two Chinese nationals were on Wednesday arrested at Kamuzu international Airport (KIA) on for allegedly being found in possession of United States dollars, Malawi kwacha and ivory trophies.
The two, engineers on the Karonga-Chtipa Road, were arrested as they were about to board an Ethiopian Airlines plane.
National Police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo identified the suspects as Bing Tan (46) and Fhinhin Wang (42).
Said Manjolo: “Bing Tan had $7 026 [about K2.5 million] and K46 480 while Fhinhin Wang had $24 070 [about K7.7 million] and K86 620. Apart from the money, the two had ivory sculptures which they could not disclose where they got from.”
She said the two will appear in court to answer charges of externalising forex and being found in possession of ivory.
Manjolo said the police suspected that the ivory was from elephants poached in the country.
Last week, the police arrested a Chinese national, Huang Hong Gin (44), for selling fake Malawi national football team replica jerseys.