A female Rwandese National, Uwitonze Soizic was arrested on May 4, 2017 at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, thanks to the KWS Canine Unit stationed at the Airport. She was in possession of 11 ivory bangles weighing a total of 0.10kgs and had been scheduled to travel from Kenya to Rwanda on a KQ flight. She was booked at JKIA police station and was presented at the JKIA court this morning, where she pleaded not guilty; the hearing continues.
In the meantime:
In the last week of April 2017, various successful anti-poaching sting operations were conducted by KWS, spanning a variety of towns, namely: Meru, Nairobi, Kitui, Makueni and Runyenjes.
A total of 18 suspects were apprehended for crimes ranging from dealing in wildlife trophies to logging, and accordingly booked at various police stations.
An assortment of crude weapons and two torches were recovered along with wildlife trophies that include one leopard skin, three python skins, 24 pieces of elephant tusks whose combined weight was 191 kg and bush meat of 33.5 kg . Three motorcycles were also confiscated including one belonging to a County Government. 38 suspects were arraigned before various courts, charged with offences ranging from the possession of Government property, dealing in wildlife trophies and attempting to export prohibited goods.
In April this year, five cases were concluded in court, while15 cases are still pending before court with bonds of one million or cash bail of half a million meted out.