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Kilifi Court sentences man arrested with 40kg of wildlife trophy

A Kilifi Court has slapped a man arrested with 40kg of wildlife trophy with five year imprisonment or pay a fine of Ksh 5 million.

“A Kilifi court yesterday sentenced a man to a fine of Ksh 5 million in default serve 5 years imprisonment for being in possession of 40 kg of wildlife trophy of an endangered species valued at KSh 4 million.

The accused, Mtengo Kazungu Bahero was arrested and charged with two counts of Dealing in wildlife trophy of endangered species without a permit contrary to section 92(4) of the wildlife conservation and management act of 2013 and being in possession of wildlife trophy of an endangered species contrary to section 92(2) of the wildlife conservation and management act of 2013.

Chief Magistrate Hon. Julius Nangea found that the prosecution, through Principal Prosecution Counsel Ms. Winnie Atieno Otieno, had proved the case against the Mtengo Kazungu Bahero beyond reasonable doubt in one count.

The court, however, acquitted him for the offence of dealing in wildlife trophy of endangered species, namely seventeen (17) pieces of elephant tusks weighing 40kgs with a street value of 4 million, contrary to Section 92(2) of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act of 2013.” said ODPP

The same court also sentenced two other people for being in possession of three elephant tusks without permission. The two will serve two years in prison each or pay a fine of Ksh 5 million.

“The same court also sentenced Stephen Karisa Ngumbao and Emmanuel Zege Baya to pay a fine of Kshs 5 million in default 2 years imprisonment and 2 years imprisonment respectively, for dealing in wildlife trophy namely three (3) elephant tusks weighing 5kgs with a street value of 500,000.

They were also charged with being in possession of wildlife trophy, namely (3) three elephant tusks weighing 5kgs with a street value of 500,000 without a permit, contrary to Section 95 of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act of 2013.

The Court found that the prosecution, through Principal Prosecution Counsel Ms. Winnie Atieno Otieno, had proved the case against Stephen Karisa Ngumbao and Emmanuel Zege Baya beyond reasonable doubt in both counts.

The latter had been previously convicted and sentenced to serve 7 years for dealing in wildlife trophy, which sentence he is still serving.” said ODPP

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