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Ivory worth KES 500,000 seized at Mariakani

19 May 2014, 20:37 Harrison Mbungu

Kilifi - Police at Mariakani Kilifi county are questioning four people including a Congolese who were arrested on Monday after they were found with two elephant tusks weighing 25 kilograms, valued at KES 500,000 being transported to Mombasa from Kangundo.

According to Kaloleni police Chief David Kerina, the vehicle was intercepted a few hours before midnight on Sunday. The ivory was hidden in the car chassis.

He said the two suspects, who were arrested at a police roadblock in Mariakani, and two others, the Congolese and an Arab, meant to receive the ivory, were arrested later in Majengo within Mombasa county and taken in for interrogation.

“The vehicle was intercepted at 2am last night and we found the ivory hidden within the chassis, “said David Kerina.

The ivory was held at the Marikani police station alongside the suspects who the police are interrogating before being arraigned in court for charges.

This comes amid tight measures on animal poaching being enacted by parliament.

Last week, the Kenyan Ports Authority partnered with the Kenya Wildlife Services to recruit more qualified security personnel who will intensify security operations at the port.

The ports management said that KES 2.3 billion has been set aside to integrate the security system in the port of Mombasa for it to meet international security standards and create a good environment for trading as well as prevent illegal trading activities within the port.

The terror threats in the country, according to the KPA management needed a proper government attention.

 The port is among the major government parastatals that will greatly be impacted by illegal poaching and terror threats.

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