- On January 28th, 2021, 2 men, aged 60 yrs and 70 yrs, were arrested by NPS and KWS with 14 pieces of ivory.
- The ivory was contained in a sack amongst pieces of cassava, tied to the motorcycle on which they were riding.
- The arrest took place in the Busia area, just south and west of the Uganda border crossing.
- Last year, on May 7th, 2021, a Ugandan military officer, was arrested by police in possession of 3 elephant tusks weighing approximately 30 kg.
Two arrested in Busia for allegedly trafficking Sh9.1m ivory
WESTERN By John Shilitsa | January 28th 2022
Police said the 24-kg ivory was valued at Sh9.1 million.
Police in Busia have arrested two suspects on suspicion of trafficking 26 kilograms of ivory valued at Sh9.1 million.
The two, a Kenyan and a Ugandan, who were arrested at Korinda in Matayos Sub-County on Friday, January 28, are suspected to have sneaked in the ivory from Uganda.
Police said they acted on intelligence to nab the male suspects, who were allegedly transporting the tusks on a motorbike.
“They had stashed the tusks in a sack, and concealed them using cassava pieces. They were trying to pass a police roadblock on the Busia-Kisumu Road, where we cornered them,” said Busia County Deputy Police Commander Stephen Kimunya.
The suspects are being held in custody at the Busia Police Station as investigations continue.