Mombasa ivory haul weighs in over 3 tonnes

July 10, 2013

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Kenyan customs officials Tuesday (July 9th) released details on the illegal ivory confiscated Monday at Mombasa port, estimating it at 3.2 tonnes, one of the largest hauls in recent history.

  • Kenyan police officers examine a haul of illegal ivory confiscated at Mombasa port on Monday (July 8th). The ivory was intercepted in a 20-foot container awaiting shipment for Malaysia. [Kenya Wildlife Services/AFP]

    Kenyan police officers examine a haul of illegal ivory confiscated at Mombasa port on Monday (July 8th). The ivory was intercepted in a 20-foot container awaiting shipment for Malaysia. [Kenya Wildlife Services/AFP]

"The ivory weighing 3,287.2 kilogrammes comprised 382 whole pieces and 62 cut pieces," said Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesman in Mombasa Paul Mbugua, according to Kenya's Capital FM.

Mbugua said he could not estimate the value of the haul because there is no fixed price for ivory on the black market.

Some tusks weighed almost 60 kilogrammes, originating from so-called "big elephants", said customs official Fatuma Yussuf, according to AFP.

Another cache of 1.5 tonnes of ivory, also destined for Malaysia, was intercepted in Mombasa last week, prompting a warning by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Six other African countries also received warnings from CITES to increase vigilance against smuggling in their ports.

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  • Hemed
    July 11, 2013 @ 05:36:40AM

    Folks, what is done is dangerous and by doing injustices to his own people in the country.

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