Elephant tusks seized in Trans-Nzoia
16 December 2013, 10:52
Kitale - Police in the County of Trans-Nzoia have impounded two elephant tusks weighing 43 kg from a suspected poacher at the border with Uganda.
The Kwanza divisional police commander, Wilfred Mongare, on Sunday said police officers on patrol along the Endebess-Suam road linking Kenya and Uganda waved down a motorcycle rider to inspect what he was ferrying, when the latter reversed and rode off.
Mongare said the officers in a police vehicle gave a chase for over 2 km before the rider abandoned the motorcycle and escaped on foot to a nearby village.
"The suspect was headed to Uganda when the officers on patrol stopped him but instead rode off prompting the officers to give a chase before the suspected poacher abandoned the motorcycle and the luggage," said Mongare.
He said the officers inspected the abandoned luggage and discovered two ivories, adding that they had launched a manhunt for the poacher believed to have links with a cartel between Kenya and Uganda.
Mt Elgon National Park acting senior warden Collin Omondi said five elephants have been killed by poachers at the park since the year started.
The official said they have intensified security patrols to protect wildlife in the region from poachers.