As you all may recall, we lost Ranger Given Gondwe who was working at Liwonde National Park, who was killed during an operation to recover a rhino horn. We hereby update provide an update that the key suspect in the murder has been arrested and is in Police custody, as they continue with their investigations. This key suspect is Francisco M’bwera also known as Kapoloma from Njenjema Village, Traditional Authority Liwonde in Machinga District and was arrested on 20thNovember, 2022. He was arrested at Liwonde Town after being identified by a member of the general public that he was wanted for murdering a ranger. Upon hearing that, local security guards and bicycle taxi operators chased and caught Francisco M’bwera and handed him over to Liwonde Police. Other 9 people were arrested in a joint operation between Police and DNPW on 6th May, 2022, a few days after the murder of the ranger. We look forward to getting justice for our fallen colleague!

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