By Wambui Ndonga
A container with 1,478 kilos of ivory with a street value of about Sh29 million, was on Tuesday evening intercepted in Mombasa en-route from Uganda.
The illegal consignment, which had six bags of processed ivory weighing 184.2 kg and 775 pieces of raw ivory weighing 1,294.2 kilos, was headed for Malaysia before being nabbed by officers from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the Kenya Ports Authority.
The ivory had been stashed in 69 bundles of several pieces and had been disguised as sun dried fish maws with a pungent smell intended to throw off sniffer dogs.
Some of the bags had worked pieces of ivory while others had raw ivory.
"Export documents show that consignment entered Kenya from Uganda on June 12, 2013. It had been exported by Bajje investments Uganda Ltd with Giesenya Freight Logistics Ltd of Nairobi as the clearing agent," read a statement from KWS Corporate Communications Manager Paul Udoto.
Udoto explained that the container arrived in Mombasa about two weeks ago and had been parked at a petrol station in Jomvu, Mombasa until its entry into the port.
Kenya police have already launched investigations into the seizure with a team of detectives being deployed to hunt down the consignment's owner. More....