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Former Makupa police boss implicated in ivory case

18 August 2015, 16:19 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - The defense in an ivory trafficking case has dismissed the evidence of a senior police officer adduced in the case terming it as misleading.

Former Chief Inspector at Makupa police station, Peter Mbua has been taken to task to explain why he did not arrest a watchman manning the gate of a warehouse in Tudor, Mombasa County where they allegedly nabbed elephant trophies.

The court had been informed that the security guards had declined to open the gate and kept the officers waiting for two hours since he had an order from his employers not to open the gate.

During the cross examination, defense counsel Jareld Magolo said the evidence presented by the current Yatta OCS could not be trusted or used by the court in the case.

In his defense, Mbua informed the court that he had failed to arrest the security guard at Fuji Motors East Africa Limited because he assumed he was taking orders from his seniors.

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However, Corporal Aggrey Wakholi informed the court that the security guard had been convinced by the OCS to open the gate despite claiming that he had orders from his superiors not to open it.

Wahkoli also alleged that he had seen Mbua speak privately to the manager, Galib Khan who had requested to speak to them concerning what was in store.

Magolo alleged that the officer had also refused to arrest Khan because he had bribed his way to freedom.

The officer also failed to explain to the court why he had not acquired a permit before proceeding to the premises where the alleged 2 512 pieces of ivory were hidden.

Mbua also failed to explain to the court why some of the alleged exhibits that were intended to be used in the case had disappeared.

“It seems that the officer was trying to cover up for the alleged seizure when he tried to sneak out the exhibits,” said Magolo.

He further said there was a possibility that the officer was transferred due to his mishandling of the ivory case.

The hearing of the case continues Tuesday at the KWS marine park premises.

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