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Kenya used as illegal ivory trade route
July 25, 2010
By FRED MUKINDA and BENJAMIN MUINDI
Posted Tuesday, July 20 2010 at 21:00
Kenya has become a safe route for cartels involved in illegal ivory trade.
Investigations have, however, cleared Kenya of being the source of elephant tusks and ivory products seized in parts of the world in recent months.
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), working with Interpol, is now trying to identify key people running the cartels responsible for the dwindling number of elephants.
The trafficking of game trophy through Kenya has exposed the relaxed surveillance at the country’s entry and exit points.
Investigations show that the 2,000 kilogrammes of elephant tusks seized in Vietnam in May came from Selous National Park, one of the biggest conservation centres in Tanzania.
However, the consignment was shipped through the port of Mombasa. …