The government has asked managers at the Port of Mombasa to tighten security at the facility to stop illegal trade.
Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa on Friday asked Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director Gichiri Ndua to install scanners and other equipment, and hire personal to fight ivory trade.
“We want the MD to put security measures and investigative system in place to end the vice that is taking root in Kenya,” said Mr Marwa.
Clearing agents, port workers and managers, he said, should be investigated over their alleged links to the trade that has put the port on the spot.
In the last two weeks, two consignments of ivory worth over Sh40 million have been intercepted at the port.
Mr Marwa asked Mr Ndua to establish the source of the illegal cargo.
“After every one week, ivory is being intercepted at the Mombasa port. We want to know where it comes from. If it comes from Uganda, why is it being intercepted in Kenya or is it from Voi?”Mr Marwa said in Mombasa.
He said clearing agents must be investigated with a view of nailing people who have been driving elephants slaughter. More....