Two men fined Ksh 63M for illegal possession of ivory


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Two men have been fined Ksh 63 million for being in illegal possession of three kilogrammes of ivory.

Wilson Kiyayooni appeared before Narok Senior Resident Magistrate Allan Sitati and was fined Ksh 40 million or serve life imprisonment for illegally being in possession of an elephant tusk weighing three kilogrammes.

He, alongside a boy (under 18 years), were arrested in Narok’s Emurua Dikirr area while in possession of the contraband ivory. The minor was released by the court.

Elsewhere in Laikipia County, James Aoi Lokigen appeared before Nyahururu Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Ndege for being in illegal possession of three kilogrammes of ivory at Mutura ADC farm in Rumuruti area.

He was fined three million shillings or serve two years imprisonment for illegal possession of a government trophy as the first count.

For the second count, he was convicted of dealing with a government trophy without authorisation and was fined Ksh 20 million or serve life imprisonment.

End March 2016, Police at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport intercepted 18 pieces of ivory valued at 6.4 million shillings.

The consignment of 22 boxes had been declared as gemstones said to have originated from Mozambique and destined for Bangkok in Thailand.

Still in March, a man linked to 40 pieces of ivory that were recovered near Githurai Kimbo Primary school in Nairobi was arrested.

The Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro confirmed the incident saying the arrest came following a tip-off from members of the public, adding that several gangs in the area are linked to the loot.

The intelligence boss also encouraged Kenyans to continue working with the police to tackle such crimes.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will in April 29th and April 30th lead global actors in setting ablaze 120 tonnes of ivory and 1.5 tonnes of rhino horns to step up the fight against poaching.

President Kenyatta will host the inaugural Giants’ Club Summit at Nairobi National Park bringing together several African Heads of State, Hollywood actors and global conservationists.

The event is meant to work towards the goal of developing a more cohesive, continental response to the poaching of elephants and trade in illegal-wildlife trophies.

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