Kwale County Administrator Charged with Dealing and Possession of 35 kg of Ivory
- April 17th, 2021, police arrested a Kwale County clerical officer with 12 ivory tusk pieces weighing 35 kg.
- Josphat Mtoi Kuri tried to sell to undercover police for ksh 100,000 per piece.
- The police had been tracking the suspect for a number of days.
- He was arrested in the general area of Shimba Hills National Reserve.
|SEIZURE DATE||April 17th, 2021|
|CONTRABAND SEIZED AND CIRCUMSTANCES||Accused arrested at 05:00hr in Kwale Town with 12 tusk pieces weighing 35 kg. He works for Kwale County as an administrator.|
|LOCATION||Kwale Silent Lodge, Kwale Town|
|POINT OF ORIGIN||Believed to have been harvested off three elephants at the Kuranze Ranch in Kwale.|
|ACCUSED||Josphat Mtoi KURI|
|CHARGED||Ct.1: Dealing in Wildlife Trophies Sec 92(2) WMCA; St. 2: Possession of Wildlife Trophies Sec 95 WMCA|
|VALUE (CHARGE SHEET)||ksh 3.5 Million|
|OTHER CONTRABAND||Not Applicable|
|ARRESTING AGENCY||KWS arrest with DCI investigator|
|INTEL_PERSONS OF INTEREST||It is believed that there is a connection between this accused and Hasira Makoti Mwanzala CF 843/17, also a clerical officer with Kwale County|
Kwale man arrested in possession of 12 elephant tusks
April 19, 2021
A Kwale County government officer has been arrested by police officers after being found in illegal possession of 12 pieces of elephant tusks weighing 35 Kg in Matuga sub-county.
The 53-year-old county employee, Josphat Mtoi Kuri, works as a clerical officer in Kinango Sub County was arrested inside a local guest house by a team of security officers drawn from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and Criminal Investigation Department Officers who have been trailing him for some days.
The undercover detectives disguised as customers arrested the suspect and handed him over to police headquarters in Kwale town for further investigations.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Community warden officer Omar Muichande has confirmed the incident.
The officers had posed as buyers after tracking the suspect for a long time before nabbing him on Sunday evening.
Kuri wanted to sell the tusks at Sh 100,000 each but they have a higher street value than that according to Muichande.
The KWS warden said the lone suspect is believed to have gotten the elephant tusks after poaching activities inside the Kuranze ranches.
Police report reveals that tusks might have originated from Kuranze ranches within Kinango where three elephants are believed to have been killed.
He will be arraigned in court soon with possession of elephant tusks.