Two fined Sh20million, matatu driver with ivory worth Sh800,000 charged (Kenya)


Annette Wambulwa and William Mwangi

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A Matatu driver was charged on Monday before a Kibera court with being in possession of ivory worth Sh 800,000.

Senior Resident Magistrate Faith Mutuku released him on a Sh 1million bond after he denied the charges.

This comes days after President Uhurur Kenyatta on May 1 burnt 15 tonnes of elephant and rhino horns as part of Kenya’s efforts to curb poaching.

The ivory, with a black market value of $30m (Sh3.03 billion), is the largest consignment of such kind be destroyed in Kenya.

Elsewehere, two people were fined Sh20 million failure to which they would spend the rest of their lives in prison in default for illegally dealing in wildlife trophies.

Samuel Emana Ekudongoi and Peter Emajong appeared before a Nyahururu court on Monday to face two counts related to illegal possession, and dealing in wildlife trophies.

They were arrested with three pieces of elephant tusks weighing 6.5kgs.

In one of the counts, Ekudongoi and Emajong were fined Sh1 million or a five-year sentence each, for illegal possession of wildlife trophies.

The second count convicted them of dealing in wildlife trophies, with a fine of Sh20 million each or life imprisonment in default.