Ivory seized at Mombasa port valued at sh.197m-KRA

Ivory seized at Mombasa port valued at sh.197m-KRA

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Kenya Wildlife officials inspects ivory seized at the port of Mombasa on December 20, 2016. PHOTO:FILE

Mombasa,KENYA:Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials have valued the ivory seized at the port of Mombasa on Tuesday at sh. 197 million, after completing a hectic verification exercise.

Speaking at press briefing at Port police station in Mombasa, KRA Director Dr. Rashid Ali said they found 334 pieces of ivory that weighing 1097.1 tones stuffed inside 10 timber logs.

He also reiterated that the people involved with the smuggling will soon be arrested.

“We are now on the lookout with the entire efficient multi agency especially KRA and effective board. We are going to make sure that we stop all this things”.

However, the KRA official did not name the company involved in the exporting of the consignment and the suspects.

KRA is expected to issue a comprehensive report on the matter immediately they are through with investigations.

On Tuesday, KRA commissioner Mr. David Yego said the two containers were destined for Cambodia.

The consignment which was on transit to Cambodia, was seized by multi agency that comprised; KRA officers, Interpol, CID, Kenya Wildlife officer among other security agencies