Two men were sentenced for 5 years imprisonment or a fine of Sh 1million each by Marimanti court for being in possession of elephant tusks weighing 28.5 kilograms of worth Sh 2.85 million.
The two Josphat Muthengi and Stephen Mwithi Muthengi both from Nkondi were nabbed back on 6th of November 2018 in at Nkondi, Nkondi ward in Tharaka South Sub County by joint security team comprising of police and officers from Kenya wildlife service.
Having denied the charges read against them before, the two having been attending court sessions from home after being released on police bond until today when Marimanti senior resident magistrate S.M Nyaga found them guilty and sentenced both of them 5 years imprisonment or an alternative fine of Sh 1 million.
The court also heard that this was not the first such instance as there have been reported other 3 incidences of wild life poaching activities around the area.
Therefore the court issued a stern warning to all those carrying out poaching activities that once narrowed down the law won’t hesitate taking its course.
Speaking to News Flash 254, Tharaka South Sub county OCPD Kiprop Ruto urged locals to protect the available wildlife since it’s against the law for anyone to kill wildlife for any reason.
“Looking at the tusks, one will realize that they are extracted from different animals which means that more than 5 elephants were left dead in the process. I therefore advise locals to take good care of available animals to maintain the nature instead of killing them,’’ Rutto said.
Ivory trade has been banned internationally in bid to protect wild life and animals that are at verge of becoming extinct although the trade has been going on in secret with poachers carrying it out while avoiding traps laid by security officers.
The accused now have 14 days to appeal to the ruling or serve their jail terms if they fail to raise the Sh 1 million fine charged.