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Tanzanian and Kenyan arrested for poaching in Taveta
Date Published: 05 Apr, 2013
Two suspected poachers, a Tanzanian and his Kenyan accomplice, were yesterday (Thursday, April4, 2013) arrested while in possession of six pieces of ivory weighing 43kg in Njukuni area in Taita Taveta County.
It is believed that the ivory was from a recent poaching incident in the area.
Emellian Shirima, Tanzanian, and Uchapa Mirie, Kenyan, were immediately booked at Loitoktok Police Station awaiting arraignment at Kajiado Law Courts today (Friday, April 5, 2013).
The Tanzanian was in Kenya illegally.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officials will prefer charges against the suspects for being in illegal possession, dealing with a government trophy and failing to make a report of being in its possession to authorities.
In February 2013, two Tanzanian nationals were arraigned in a Kibera court in Nairobi after they were arrested with 16 pieces of ivory weighing 141kg in Ongata Rongai Township on the outskirts of Nairobi. A Tanzanian registered vehicle was impounded in the incident.
Elsewhere two suspects were arrested for being in possession of two pieces of elephant tusks weighing 7kgs at Mariakani town in Kilifi County on Thursday (April 4, 2013).
The two, Jumaa Mulwa and David Fondo, were arraigned in court today morning.
KWS and other law enforcement agencies has intensified security operations and surveillance across the country to curb wildlife related crimes.