KRA trailing owner of containers nabbed carrying Elephant tusks in Mombasa port

KRA trailing owner of containers nabbed carrying Elephant tusks in Mombasa port

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Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa (right) and KWS Assistant Director Arthur Tudor among other officers inspect 228 pieces of ivory at Makupa Police Station. The ivory pieces were found at a warehouse in Tudor area in Mombasa County on June 5, 2014. PHOTO :FILE

Mombasa,KENYA:Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials and other security agencies are trailing the exporter of a consignment nabbed carrying Elephant tusks worth millions of shillings on Tuesay.

The containers carrying the elephant tusks was nabbed at the Mombasa port disguised as timber logs.

Addressing the media in Mombasa, KRA commissioner Mr. David Yego, said the two containers were destined for Cambodia.

Mr. Yego said they contacted their counterparts in other countries to return the container where upon inspection it was found to be carrying the tusks.

“We had our own intelligence from the time this containers were on transit through Kenya from our neighboring country which I will not name now.We had followed through ten export containers and we intercepted eight here which we did some verification and we did not see anything” .he said.

The officer expressed his concern over the continuing killing of elephants and other wildlife which affects the economy of the country.

“It’s a sad day to see that quite a number of animals have been killed and transported.It’s a wipe out of certain number of elephants which is very sad. For us, it’s a success in fighting this kind of crime and we are going to continue.” He added.

The interception of the elephant tusks comes barely a few months after the government announced a war on poaching and smuggling of wildlife body parts.

Security officers from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Interpol, CID and other security agencies were involved in the operation.