By Kibiwott Koross
Most ivory impounded in Kenyan ports are from neighbouring countries enroute to other destinations.
Kenya Wildlife Service says most of the ivory netted in the country originates from Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Uganda and Chad.
KWS Director William Kiprono says: “If it was of our elephants, all could have been wiped out by now.”
The Kenya Revenue Authority ( KRA) last weekend seized four tonnes of ivory at the port of Mombasa.
The container, which had 686 pieces of ivory weighing 1.9 tonnes, and which was disguised in 250 bags as sesame seeds, was destined for Turkey.
An investigation by The Standard on Saturday has revealed that the container was marked to have originated from Kampala but its original source was DR Congo. Two containers have been seized by KRA and KWS but there are reports that another eight are suspected to be on their way to Nairobi disguised as timber and peanuts.
“The ivory could not have originated from Uganda since there are no elephants in Uganda,” said a source privy to the tracing of the remaining eight containers.
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