Poaching kingpins arrested in Mombasa

Three people described as “ most wanted and notorious poaching kingpins” based in Mombasa have been in Mombasa.

Mombasa County Commissioner while announcing the arrest of the trio at a Mombasa hotel, said security agencies believe the suspects operate a cartel that is responsible for the deaths of elephants and rhinos across the country.

The new development comes days after the police in the coastal city arrested two suspects and recovered rhino horns attributed to the heightened security measures in the region.

Briefing the press in his office this afternoon, Marwa said the suspects who ‘were on the radar of the police and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) for sometime’ were arrested following a tip off while hiding at a local hotel in the centre of town.

‘The three have been evading us for long time but their luck ran out today and we are sending a clear message to poachers and smugglers that there is nowhere safe for them to hide’ said Marwa.

Marwa who is also the chairman of the county security and intelligence committee said information from informants led to the arres of the suspects.

He said anti-poaching intelligence led operations have been heightened and hailed the arrest as yet another substantial breakthrough in the country’s anti poaching and anti-trafficking efforts.

Mr. Marwa who was flanked by the Regional Police Commander Mr. Francis Wanjohi said the suspects who are in police custody were being interrogated by police and KWS detectives before they are arraigned in court to face poaching-related charges.

By Hussein Abdullahi