Four Arrested with 43 kg in Controlled Delivery
SEEJ-AFRICA THUMB NAIL:
- On the evening of May 26th, 2014, officers from the Special Crimes Prevention Unit (SCPU) intercepted a vehicle on the Nairobi outskirts found to contain 8 pieces of ivory in bags of charcoal. The ivory weighed 43 kg.
- The two occupants were taxi drivers from the Nyeri area, located between Aberdares and Mount Kenya National Park.
- Investigators continued with a controlled delivery scenario and arrested two more individuals in the Nairobi area.
- The driver and passenger were charged with possession of wildlife trophies and all four were initially charged with Dealing in Wildlife Trophies.
- Later in the court proceedings, the charges were withdrawn against the two persons involved in taking the ivory delivery for unknown reasons.
- The accused from Moyale is known to have a business importing goods and timber from South Sudan.
- There is investigational evidence pointing to transnational involvement.
- This case has now been before the Kibera courts for 2453 days (give or take a ‘leap’ day) or heading into its 7th year anniversary.
May 26th, 2014
CONTRABAND SEIZED and CIRCUMSTANCES
43 kg of ivory cut into 8 pieces (reported as freshly cut)
Thika Road near Githurai Town, Kiambu County, (Nairobi outskirts)
POINT OF ORIGIN
Edward Maina Wahome, Stephen Mwangi Gitonga, Peter Mwangi Muriu, Adaw Hassan Bishar
Possession of Wildlife Trophies, Dealing in Wildlife Trophies
VALUE (Charge Sheet)
Ksh 4,300,000.00 (USD $ 43,000.)
KBC 690Z Nissan Sunny
National Police Service – Special Crimes Prevention Unit
Adaw Hassan Bishar with business links importing goods from South Sudan
The original arraignment date was May 28th, 2014.
This past December 10th, 2020, the case was marked for hearing. Involved parties arrived in Kibera to find the court was not sitting. It was subsequently adjourned to February 18th, 2021.