Zambian woman arrested in Ethiopia for wearing ivory bracelets

Zambian woman arrested in Ethiopia for wearing ivory bracelets

A Zambian woman has been arrested in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for wearing ivory bracelets.

Ruth Mwale aged 46 was arrested at Bole International Airport Tuesday morning upon her arrival from Bangkok, Thailand enroute to Zambia.

First Secretary for Press at the Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia Dorcas Chileshe sain in a press statement on Tuesday that Ms Mwale becomes the second woman to be arrested in Ethiopia for wearing ivory bracelets.

And Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Albert Muchanga has cautioned Zambians travelling to that country not to carry processed ivory products to avoid being arrested.

Mr Muchanga says although wearing ivory bracelets is a symbol of cultural identity in Zambia, those travelling through Ethiopia must avoid carrying ivory products.

Last week a Zambian female student was arrested and fined six hundred United States Dollars for wearing ivory bracelets, in Ethiopia.

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