#118. CF 74/2020 Kibera

#118. CF 74/2020 Kibera

Three Arrested in Nairobi East with 55 kg of Ivory

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL:

  • On January 14th, 2020, at approximately 16:30hr, investigators of the Kenya Wildlife Service while acting on a tip, stopped a Mazda vehicle travelling on Nariobi’s Eastern Bypass.
  • The vehicle was searched and 28 pieces of cut ivory tusks were found in sisal bags.
  • The two occupants were arrested and charged.
  • A third accomplice, Daniel Muya, was arrested on February 19th and charged accordingly.
  • The first accused, Thomas Muhoro Ngatia, had been previously arrested in March 2016 and found with 112 kg of ivory.
  • Investigators at the time stated that Ngatia was linked to an ivory cartel.  That case is still before the Kibera courts. 
FILE 74/2020
SEIZURE DATE January 14th, 2020
CONTRABAND SEIZED AND CIRCUMSTANCES 55 kg of ivory in 28 pieces
LOCATION Eastern Bypass, Nairobi
POINT OF ORIGIN Unknown
ACCUSED Thomas Muhoro Ngatia, Joel Kariuki Njeru, Daniel Wachira Muya
CHARGED Possession and Dealing with Wildlife Trophies
COURT Kibera
VALUE (CHARGE SHEET) Ksh 5.5 Million
OTHER CONTRABAND Not Applicable
TRANSPORT Mazda Reg: KUU 955
ARRESTING AGENCY KWS
INTEL_PERSONS OF INTEREST Thomas Muroro Ngatia had been arrested previously in March 22, 2016 and found with 112 kg of ivory in his home. The home had previously rented by Fredrick James Muchina, known to be involved in the ivory and rhino horn trade. Muchina was shot to death in an ambush in January 2016.

COURT PROGRESS:

May 28th, 2021: Set for hearing, it was found that the IO (Investigating Officer) had been transferred and was unavailable. Adjourned to September 30th for hearing:

September 30th, 2021:

 

CHARGE SHEETS

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