Kenya: Four Found With Elephant Tusks in Kilgoris Released on Sh1 Million Bond Each


By Edwin Nyarangi, The Star

Date Published
Four people found in possession of elephant tusks were on Tuesday morning released on a Sh1 million bond each by a Kilgoris Court.
Raphael Opiyo, George Omuga, Solomon Viego and Jackson Omuga were accused of having two elephant tusks worth Sh2.5 million at Olomotonyi area in Trans Mara West subcounty on December 14.
They denied the charges before Resident Magistrate Rachel Kahara.
The four were arrested after KWS officers were informed they had been spotted removing the tusks from an elephant calf which was about four months old.
The suspects found the calf on the banks of River Mogor where it had been carried by floods occasioned by the heavy rains in the area.
Kenya Wildlife Service Officers engaged the services of sniffer dogs from the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and found the tusks buried away.
Upon interrogation, the four claimed they intended to hand over the tusks to the KWS before they were arrested.
The case will be mentioned on January 8 and heard on March 5 next year.