Kenya seizes Sh6mn ivory destined for Bangkok

March 30, 2016 9:22 am
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Police said they were looking for the suspects behind the ivory trafficking syndicate and had already contacted authorities in Mozambique and Bangkok/FILE
Police said they were looking for the suspects behind the ivory trafficking syndicate and had already contacted authorities in Mozambique and Bangkok/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 30 – Ivory worth Sh6.4 million was on Tuesday seized at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), even as the government prepares to torch a huge stockpile next month.

The consignment which was disguised as gemstones was destined for Thailand from Mozambique, according to detectives.

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  • The consignment which was disguised as gemstones was destined for Thailand from Mozambique, according to detectives.
  • Police said they were looking for the suspects behind the ivory trafficking syndicate and had already contacted authorities in Mozambique and Bangkok.

Police said they were looking for the suspects behind the ivory trafficking syndicate and had already contacted authorities in Mozambique and Bangkok.

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) was on Wednesday set to launch preparations for the destruction of the largest stockpile of illegal elephant and rhino ivory.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu was to preside over the launch, which will include a series of events leading to the destruction of the ivory in April.

The events highlight the country’s efforts in conserving the threatened rhino and elephant population.

The government has so far indicated that as many as 120 tonnes of ivory would be set ablaze to demonstrate Kenya’s commitment to fight poaching and illegal ivory trade.

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