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BARINGO MAN ARRAIGNED IN COURT FOR BEING IN POSSESSION OF IVORY

BARINGO MAN ARRAIGNED IN COURT FOR BEING IN POSSESSION OF IVORY. A middle aged man was today arraigned in Kabarnet Law Court after he was ar...

BARINGO MAN ARRAIGNED IN COURT FOR BEING IN POSSESSION OF IVORY.


A middle aged man was today arraigned in Kabarnet Law Court after he was arrested yesterday evening with two Elephant tusks along Ainabmoi - Barwessa road.



The suspect Matthew Kiptis Nyomboi was nabbed by Kenya Wildlife Services officers where he was transporting the tusks using a motor bike weighing three kilos worth Shs 300,000 street value.



While appearing before Senior Principal Margistrate Paul Biwott, he denied the charges where he was being charged for being in possession of ivory and also for handling ivory without a license which is unlawful.



He was given a bond of Shs 300, 000 and a surety of the same amount where his cases will be heard again on 9th of December 2020.


According to Baringo KWS officer Mr Peter Lekaren , cases of poaching have become rampant in the county especially in the lower parts of Kerio Valley where Elephants are found within Kamnarok National Game Reserve.



Lekaren warned those who are engaging in the acts that there days are numbered and they will face the full force of the law when they will finally be nabbed.


He further called upon residents to be in the forefront in conserving wildlife which are one of the leading sources of revenue to the county and in the country at large saying that people should desist from harming wildlife.


Late last year three Baringo politicians were arrested with elephant tusks.


Amos Lumet and Jacob Rono Tubei were ward aspirants for Koibatek and Lembus Perkerra wards respectively in the 2017 General elections.


 Amos Lumet, Jacob Rono Tubei and James Yegon Chelugo were arrested at Bontana hotel in Nakuru with elephant tusks weighing 8kgs with a street value of Sh1.6 million.


They were also charged with dealing in wildlife trophy without the permit from Kenya Wildlife Service.

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