Today’s Court Update
September 6th, 2023 (Hearing): Court 1 was not sitting as the honourable magistrate was attending an official meeting. Adjourned for a mention date, October 18th, to set a date for the next hearing.
- July 17th, 2021, one man was arrested by the Kenya Wildlife Service in the Kinango Sub-county area of Kwale county, and found with 101 kg of elephant tusks.
- There were 8 tusk pieces found wrapped in two green and two white nylon bags and tied with two sisal ropes.
- The accused, Haffex Sharif Kenga, was arraigned in Mariakani court on July 19th for Dealing in Wildlife Trophies and appeared on August 2nd for a pre-trial report.
- This is believed to be the largest seizure in Kenya since July 30th, 2019, when 182 kg of ivory was found with two men in the Rabai area, south of Mariakani. They have since been found guilty and are serving a 7 year jail sentence..
Presiding Magistrate and Court:
Hon. Nelly Chepchirchir – Principal Magistrate Crt 1
Advocates for the Accused:
Haffex Sharif Kenga
Date of Arrest:
Date of Arraignment:
Location of Arrest:
Kitesi area, Kinango, Kwale area
101 kg (6 pieces)
May 17th, 2023 (Hearing): The hearing continued today, now before SRM Chepchirchir. The KWS veterinary officer confirmed for the court that the tusks were elephant ivory and likely from males. The second officer to testify was based at the Taru Police station and recounted the KWS officers arrival at that station on July 17th, 2021 with Haffex Kenga in their custody. The hearing will continue on July 12th, 2023.