Kenya – Two men were yesterday charged with illegal possession of elephant tusks. Jasper Maza and Joshua Mutua appeared before Voi Senior Principal Margistarte S.M Wahome where they were charged that on April 4 this year at Kaloleni area within Voi they were found in possession of 10 kgs of elephant tusks with a street value of Sh 200,000.
The two denied the charges and were released on a cash bail of Sh 50,000 each or remanded in prison until May 6 this year when the case will be heard again.
The prosecution led by KWS Prosecutor Edna Mwalenga lined three counts against Maza and Mutua.
In the first count, the two were charged for being in possession of government Trophy without a certificate of ownership contrary to section 42 (1) b of the Wildlife Act laws of Kenya.
They were also charged for failing to make a report of being in possession of a government trophy contrary to the Wildlife laws of Kenya.
The prosecution also charged Maza and Mutua for dealing in government trophy contrary to Wildlife Act of Kenyan laws.
In the same court, four people were also charged for illegally possessing two elephant tusks weighing 12.5 kilos.
Kilonzo Musili,Eresmus Munyao,Mutuku Kishomba and Richarg Chelle were charged for illegally possessing government trophies.
The cases come at a time when poaching is on the rise within ranches bordering the Tsavo park in Taita Taveta County.
By Raphael Mwadime, The Star, 24 April 2013