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Judiciary to prosecute senior port officials

29 April 2015, 16:09 Zainabu Dena

Mombasa - The Judiciary is planning to prosecute senior port officials who will be found to have engaged in cheating when checking the contents of containers at Mombasa Port and other terminus, consigning illegal business transactions.

Speaking during the opening of the fourth National Judicial Dialogue on Environmental and Wildlife crimes in one of the hotels in Diani, Kwale County, Justice Nzioka Makau said that thorough investigations will be done to establish why some senior officials allow consignment of illegal containers.

Justice Makau said that there was need to protect wild animals because they are the major source of income which boosts the country's economy.

He said that it was pathetic to see officials allowing containers which ferry wild animal body parts illegally, terming it as lack of commitment by the officials.

He blamed the officials at the Mombasa Port who were involved in checking of the container that was seized in Thailand with three tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks that from Kenya.

Read Also: Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

The ivory is said to have been shipped out of Kenya on March 24 and shipped through ports in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore before going to Thailand.

He added that it was a crime to be in possession and traffic rhino trophies, elephant tusks, snakes skins and other wildlife parts.

“The court is ready to handle such cases and give judgment if there is enough evidence to ensure such things don’t happen in future,” said Justice Makau.

He added that the judiciary is committed to the fight wildlife crime based on evidence available, adding that such issues happen because the society had lost values to protect their resources.

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