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Four charged for trafficking ivory

01 September 2015, 12:26 Obare Nyamota

Nakuru - Four men were Monday charged at a Nakuru court for illegally possessing elephant tusks valued at KES 2.6 million.

Peter Mwangi, George  Kamau, Charles Ndung’u and Joshua Ndirangu who appeared before Chief Magistrate Joel Ng’eno were accused of smuggling 13 kilogrammes of elephant tusks.

The court heard that on August 30 at around 11 am, the four were arrested along Oginga Odinga street in Nakuru town with the ivory without a permit from the director of Kenya Wildlife services (KWS), following a tip from members of the public.

The  prosecution led by Chief Inspector Richard Rop further told the court that the tusks were recovered from a sack of potatoes which the accused were ferrying on a motorbike.

However, the four accused denied the charges.

Defence lawyer Steve Kabita asked the court to release the accused on favourable bond terms saying they were not a fright risk.

Read Also: 2 men fined KES 100m for ivory offences

The prosecution did not oppose the bond application.

The four were released on KES 2 million cash bail each and the case hearing set for October 2.

Ivory trade is banned under the Convention on International Trade and has been outlawed since 1989 after elephant populations in Africa started dwindling.

East African nations have recently recorded an increase in poaching incidents.

Africa is home to an estimated 472 000 elephants whose survival is threatened by poaching and the illegal trade in game trophies, as well as a rising human population that is causing habitat loss.

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