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Nkaissery links Mombasa Republican Council to poaching

05 June 2015, 13:59 William Korir

Nairobi - Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery has linked the Mombasa Republican Council MRC to poaching.

The CS claims that the MRC has been stated as being partly to blame for the huge amounts of ivory recovered whilst in transit to the Far East and says that the government is doing its best to close off that avenue.

Nkaissery said it is suspected that a consignment nabbed en route to Thailand from Mombasa was meant to facilitate the activities of the Mombasa Republican Council.

" One person has been arrested with counterfeit goods worth KES 400 million in Nairobi, aside from the three suspects and 11 accomplices apprehended over the Thailand shipment," he said.

" We are focusing on transnational crimes such as poaching and trafficking of drugs and human beings," Nkaissery said in a statement Friday.

" The government will not tolerate any person or group involved in any criminal activities," he added.

The MRC has been linked to disturbances in the Coastal region and has been blamed for radicalizing youths, something the organization has openly refused.

The government has also insisted that the MRC was to blame for the death of over 140 people in Mpeketoni Lamu last year.

Nkaissery has also lauded members of the public for submitting helpful information to the police, and security officers for rejecting bribes to thwart investigations.

" Investigations indicate part of the 511 pieces of ivory seized in Thailand was packed in a house in Nyali, awaiting shipment through the Port of Mombasa," Nkaissery added.

The Kenya Wildlife Service says it has written to Thailand to ship back the 3.1 tonnes to ensure the agency has a concrete case against the suspects.

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