Police seize ivory worth 33m shs

By Samson Kitavi

The ivory weighing 260kg was packed into 12 cartons and disguised as carvings (File)

Police are holding a consignment of ivory worth 33.8 million shillings after it was intercepted at the JKIA on its way to Malaysia.

The ivory weighing 260kg and packed into 12 cartons disguised as carvings was seized by Kenya customs officials. No arrest has been made.

Kenya customs personnel bumped onto these suspicious cartons during their usual cargo scanning.

The cargo was destined to Kuala Lumpa Malaysia. According to police and the Kenya customs, the cargo was delivered by G4S Courier Company at the JKIA’s Swissport cargo terminal and was booked for transport through Turkish airlines.

The latest seizure adds to the growing statistics of ivory intercepted and arrests at the Kenya airports.

Last month police in Mombasa recovered an Ivory haul weighing over 2000 kgs in a warehouse.

Two suspects, including the owner of the premises where the ivory was found, were arrested.

Mombasa

The government is yet again directing an accusing finger at the opposition following escalation of violence in the coastal region.

Mombasa  county commissioner Nelson Marwa now claims ODM leaders are to blame in connection with the recent attack in   Likoni constituency where 3 people lost their lives while  5 others were left nursing gunshot wounds.

Mombasa County commissioner Nelson Marwa said  intelligence reports  indicate that the hooded gunmen who terrorized Soweto area and left behind   leaflets with messages aimed at inciting the population  were ODM youths.

Marwa said the escalations of violence in the region is a ploy by ODM leaders to make Kenyans believe that the government is unable to handle the security situation.

But in a quick rejoinder, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy and ODM leaders from the region dismissed Marwa sentiments as innuendos aimed at diverting attention from the government incompetence.

In a statement,  the coalition Secretary General Anyang’ Nyong’o termed the sentiments as innuendos aimed at diverting attention from the government incompetence.

ODM  leaders  in Mombasa also termed the allegations  as attempts to silence the opposition .

The leaders asked the government to instead dig deeper into the matter instead of issuing empty rhetoric.

This even as deputy president William Ruto vowing that  that the government was firmly in control and was on top of all the challenges besieging the country including the security challenges and will soon neuter the criminals.

The deputy president said the government is now in the process of purchasing additional police helicopters and vehicles to ensure security officers can effectively combat crime.