Date Published:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 11:00

Three people have been fined one million shillings each or serve five years imprisonment in default for being in illegal possession of four pieces of raw elephant tusks weighing a total of five kilogrammes.

The three Joseph Kimanzi Musyoki, Samwel Githonga, and Peter Kimathi appeared before a Maua court in Meru County and pleaded guilty to the charge of being in possession of wildlife trophy contrary to section 95 of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013.

The trio was arrested by KWS security team from Laikipia investigation unit at Murera village in Igembe sub-county within Meru County while in possession of the tusks hidden in a white sack

Expert’s exhibit analysis done by a KWS veterinary doctor based at Meru, in Eastern Conservation Area identify the exhibits as real elephant tusks from the species loxodonta Africana (African elephant).

Elsewhere a Voi court has fined Jimmy Kioko Munyao Sh. 40,000 or in default to serve six months imprisonment for being in possession of meat of wildlife species for subsistence contrary to section 97 of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013.

KWS team from Voi investigation unit while acting on a tip off arrested Munyao at Landi area in Ndii sub-county within Taita Taveta County while in possession of Dikdik meat. The suspect was then escorted and booked at Voi Police Station and later charged before court with the offence.