MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenya detectives have arrested six more suspects
as authorities intensify manhunt for ivory kingpins behind
seizure of ivory in Thailand and Singapore.
were on Monday arraigned before Mombasa court along with two
people suspected to have been involved in the exportation of
about 3.7 tonnes illegal ivory shipment, making it the second
largest seizure in the country since 2002.
The Director Public Prosecution (DPP) had on Friday
applied to have Lucy Kahoto, a Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
official and Jacob Lithare to be detained in custody for 30
days to complete investigations.
The two are accused of being behind the exportation of
511 pieces of elephant tusks that were found on April 25 in
a container disguised as tea leaves transported from Mombasa
Thai authorities have been quoted saying part of the tusks
were exhibits that were seized in Asian Market and sent back to
Africa as part of international investigation.
Senior Counsel Brian Oyodo told the court that the two are
main suspects in the case.
KRA Commissioner-General John Njiraini said the roles of
other officials in the case were being investigated.
The Kenyan government has requested the International
Police (Interpol) to issue a warrant of arrest against a
Kenyan believed to be the mastermind.
Intelligence sources indicate that Samuel Jefwa is the
mastermind of the ivory smuggling and had used different
companies to smuggle more than 10 containers of ivory
through the port of Mombasa.
The government has written to Interpol requesting its
assistance, said the source.
Interpol is expected to issue a red notice on Jefwa and
seek international assistance from member countries to
Jefwa is the director of a private-owned company,
Potential Quality Supplies.
He is alleged to be hiding in Uganda.
The head of the Interpol Nairobi bureau Vitalis Okumu
confirmed that the agency is in collaboration with the Kenyan
agencies in probing the seized ivory.
Okumu said they are working with the office of the
Directorate of Criminal Investigation but declined to reveal
more information on the extent of the investigation.
Interpol was behind last year’s arrest of ivory kingpin,
Feisal Mohamed who was smoked out of Tanzania after a
warrant of arrest was issued.
Interpol has increased information exchange, support
intelligence analysis and assist national and regional
investigations, to apprehend kingpins behind ivory and drug
Police investigate smuggled Mombasa ivory seized in