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POACHING: Bodyguards of top state officals arrested selling ivory

Four Administration Police (AP) officers were on Monday afternoon arrested with five kilogrammes of elephant tusk in Nairobi.

The four were arrested at Nairobi West Monday evening as they attempted to sell the ivory.

The officers are Constable Peter Kuria Kimungi, who is attached to a former Cabinet minister’s security detail, Constable Martin M. Marangu, who is attached to a Principal Secretary, Corporal Francis K. Karanja, who is attached to a Cabinet Secretary as a driver, and Corporal Stephen Chege Ngawai, who is attached to a Principal Secretary Administration.

Officers from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) also detained a government-owned vehicle that was being used by the officers.

The four were on Tuesday charged with possession of five kilograms of ivory at the Kibera law courts.

They denied the charges before Kibera resident magistrate Charles Ondieki.