Vietnamese national has been arrested trying to smuggle five
rhino horns out of the country at Jomo Kenyatta International
Airport (JKIA) while on transit from Maputo, Mozambique en-route
to Hong Kong via Doha, Qatar on Tuesday afternoon.
Le Manh Cuong was however detected and seized by a joint
security team comprising of the Kenya Airports Police Unit,
Customs officials, Kenya Airport Authority officials, Kenya
Airways officials and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)
He was found in possession of the five pieces of rhino horns
weighing 20.1kgs packed in a hand-drawn suit case stuffed with
mattresses cuttings to disguise the contraband.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that Le Manh had
disembarked a KQ749 flight from Maputo and was scheduled to
board a Qatar Airways flight QR535 from Nairobi to Doha and
later connect to Hong Kong aboard a QR614 flight.
He has been booked at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Police Station awaiting arraignment at Makadara Law Courts
Last month a Chinese national was sentenced to serve a total
of 31 months in jail after being convicted over charges relating
to smuggling ivory from the country by a Nairobi court
A total of 39 foreigners, including nine Vietnamese and 19
Chinese nationals, have been arrested smuggling illegal wildlife
products out of the country this year.
KWS has up-scaled Kenya’s ports surveillance in recent days
to reign on smugglers of illicit consignments of wildlife
Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Mombasa sea
ports are an important link on trade routes to international
Poacher injured, another arrested in northern Kenya
SAMBURU (Xinhua) --
A suspected poacher was shot and another was
nabbed in northern Kenya, local police reported Tuesday.
Police managed to arrest an Indian man with 400 rounds of
ammunition and an American made pistol, who was suspected of
shooting his Indian colleague.
The divisional police commander, Samuel Muthamia, confirmed
the suspect was believed to be the most wanted poacher behind
the killings of rhinos and elephants in the northern part of the
East African country.
"We are going to arraign the Indian man to the court for the
attempted murder and being in possession with illegal arms
without permit," Muthamia told journalists in Samburu.
He said the Indian man and three other accomplices abducted
their colleague, a former Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger in
Isiolo town, after a poaching mission and bundled him into a van
before they shot him in the neck from the back side.
Muthamia said the injured managed to escape with the bullet
wounds after the van veered off the road during the
confrontation with his accomplice.
He said two of the accomplices disappeared into the bush when
the police caught up with the Indian man and the injured as they
fled from the scene of the incident.
The local police commander said they had also launched a
manhunt for the other suspects in order to arraign them in court
following the incident.
The poaching menace has brought renewed attention to a crisis
that has persisted for decades—the steady decline of Africa’s
wildlife due to growing human populations and poverty that has
put agricultural communities at odds with wildlife for
Experts also warn that poaching has a profound effect on
elephant’s behavior, with survivors of poaching attacks showing
symptoms of trauma and stress that result in aberrant and highly
aggressive behavior towards local people.