KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE ARREST THREE FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF IVORY

NAIROBI– The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has arrested three suspects in the proposed Konza Technology City, near here, for illegal possession of ivory.

A tweet from the KWS said two of the suspects were found with seven kilogrammes of ivory in Mtito Andei at Konza City while the third suspect was arrested in Malili, also at Konza City. They will all be arraigned in court once investigations are completed.

Saturday’s arrests came a day after the acquittal of a Mombasa-based businessman on charges relating to wildlife trafficking. The High Court in Mombasa on Friday overturned the 20-year jail term for Feisal Mohammed who was convicted in 2016 for possessing 44 million shillings (about 438,000 US dollars) worth of ivory.

Judge Dora Chepkwony said Mohammed’s sentence was unconstitutional and that the evidence adduced before the court during the trial had many gaps and doubts.

Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji said he will appeal the judgment acquitting Feisal on charges relating to wildlife trafficking at the Court of Appeal. The KWS had protested the acquittal.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK