A ZAMBIAN woman has been arrested in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for wearing ivory bracelets.
Ruth Mwale, 46, was arrested at Bole International Airport yesterday upon her arrival from Bangkok, Thailand on her way to Zambia.
This is contained in a statement released by first secretary for Press at the Zambian Embassy in Addis Ababa, Dorcas Chileshe.
Ms Mwale becomes the second Zambian woman to be arrested in Ethiopia for wearing ivory bracelets after a female student was last week arrested and fined US$600 (about K2.9 million)
Zambia Ambassador to Ethiopia Albert Muchanga expressed concern at the increasing number of Zambian women being arrested in Ethiopia for wearing ivory bracelets.
Mr Muchanga has advised Zambians travelling to Ethiopia not to carry or wear any processed ivory products to avoid being arrested.
He said although some Zambians wear ivory bracelets as a symbol of cultural identity, they should avoid doing so when travelling to Ethiopia or transiting through the East African country.
The Ethiopian law on ivory trafficking carries a five-year maximum jail sentence or a fine of $1, 800 (about K8.7 million).
Mr Muchanga said it was important for Zambians travelling to Ethiopia to adhere to that country’s laws on ivory trafficking to avoid being inconvenienced or having a criminal record.-ZANIS