Police seize ivory in Kwale

Police have seized eight kilograms of ivory in Muhaka area of Kinondo ward, Msambweni Sub- County, Kwale County.

However, the value of the wildlife trophies could not be immediately established with police saying the matter was still under investigations.

County Police Commander, Mr. Tom Mboya Odera confirmed the incident, saying the seizure of the ivory followed a tip off from locals to the police.

A good citizen alerted the police following which we took action and made the recovery of the ivory, Mr. Odera said at Diani Police Station where the ivory was displayed to the media.

There were conflicting reports about the place where the ivory was actually recovered with other sources claiming it was found at the International Centre for Insect Physiology (ICIPE) centre, which located in the area.

However, Mr. Odera denied the claims insisting that the tusks were not found at centre but at a general location, which seemed to be a collection point for the ivory dealers.

It’s true there is an institution in the area but what I am giving you is the information we wish to hold, until we establish the truth with the people within that place as investigations are still underway, he said.

Mr. Odero no arrests have so far been made in connection with the ivory but police are on the lookout for the suspects.

We have not yet arrested any suspects but we have crucial leads which we are following with the aim of nailing the culprits, he said adding that a multi-agency team is handling the investigations.

The police boss lauded members of the public for sharing information that goes a long way in improving security in the region.

We are always on the alert to effectively deal with crime in this region, but we cannot succeed without cooperation from the public, he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency