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Tortoise dealer fined by a Nairobi Court, lions injure Maasai Moran in Kajiado

Date Published: 21 Mar, 2013
Tortoise dealer fined by a Nairobi Court, lions injure Maasai Moran in Kajiado

NAIROBI, KENYA (March 21, 2013) A magistrate at Kibera Law courts has Thursday (March 21, 2013)  ordered a Chinese national to pay a Ksh50,000 fine or risk a jail term of 15 month in default after pleading guilty to charges of being in possession of two live tortoises without a permit.


Rain Dengfeng was arrested by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officials at Foton Motors along Mombasa Road in Nairobi County on Wednesday (March 20, 2013). He was charged with five counts of being in illegal possession, dealing and failing to make a report of being in possession of the two tortoises. He was also charged with keeping a live animal and resisting arrest. 

The tortoises are of an estimated street value of Ks100, 000.

 Elsewhere in Taita Taveta County, two suspected ivory dealers were arrested and four pieces of ivory weighing 31kgs recovered on Tuesday (March 19, 2013). Preliminary investigation has revealed that one of the suspects is a prison warder based in Voi.

 Meanwhile, a Maasai moran is nursing injuries after he was attacked by lions at Olgotum Hill within Merrueshi area of Mashuru District in Kajiado County. A lioness was also killed when an estimated 300 Maasai Morans went on a revenge mission. A pride of five lions is believed to have invaded a boma on Wednesday night (March 20, 2013). 41 goats and one cow were killed in the incident. The boma is said to belong to a one Olntukai Ole Moinan. 

KWS personnel jointly with community scouts from the Maasai Preservation Trust (MPT) responded and managed to drive back the remaining pride to Chyulu Hills National Park.

KWS and local communities have already convened a meeting to address the lion-human conflict in the area. Follow up meetings are scheduled to take place in due course.



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