4 cops attached to govt officials deny possessing ivory

March 1, 2016 1:08 pm
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They all denied the charges before Kibera Resident Magistrate Charles Ondiek who will rule on their bail application on Friday/FILE
They all denied the charges before Kibera Resident Magistrate Charles Ondiek who will rule on their bail application on Friday/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 1 – Four Administration Police officers attached to a Cabinet Secretary, an ex-minister and two Principal Secretaries have been charged with illegal possession of five kilograms of ivory.

This follows their arrest at Nairobi West Monday night as they attempted to sell the ivory, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

They include Corporal Francis Karanja who is attached to a Cabinet Secretary as a driver, Peter Kuria Kimungi who is attached to a former Cabinet Secretary as a bodyguard and Constable Martin Marangu who is attached to a Principal Secretary.

The fourth officer is Corporal Stephen Chege who is attached to a Principal Secretary.

They all denied the charges before Kibera Resident Magistrate Charles Ondiek who will rule on their bail application on Friday.

The Kenya Wildlife Service which released the information did not however, name the Cabinet Secretaries or Principal Secretaries they work for.

The prosecution is opposed to their release on bail saying that they might use their power to interfere with investigations.
They were charged with a second count of illegal dealing in wildlife trophy.

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