The Zambian woman, who was arrested in Ethiopia for being in possession of three bracelets made of Ivory almost a fortnight ago, has been released after the Ethiopian authorities fined her US$263, which is about K1, 460 or 5,000 birr, the Ethiopian money.
The woman, identified as Esther Namakuba Muyangana, was arrested at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa on 1st January 2014 when she was travelling to Zambia from Miami in the United States of America.
Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Public Relations Officer Mwila Muliyunda confirmed the fining of Muyangana in a statement to ZANIS
Muyangana was arrested by Ethiopian authorities because she did not have a permit for the ivory bracelets as required under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species) of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES to which Ethiopia and Zambia are party.
The convention prohibits commercial trade of ivory and ivory products.
Ms. Muliyunda has called on members of the public who are in possession of elephant tasks, rhino horns and other wildlife products to declare them to ZAWA head office in Chilanga and acquire certificate of ownership to avoid arrests.
Ivory bracelets are traditionally worn in Zambia mostly by tribes in the Western part of the country.