Kenya Ivory Seizer: Ivory Tusk Bound for Turkey Seized in Kenya

About 1,600 pieces of ivory were counted in the consignment and its market value is around $1.4m

About 1,600 pieces of ivory were counted in the consignments which were seized in the port city of Mombasa in Kenya

 

Officials of the Custom Exercise and Preventive Service in Kenya have seized a large consignment of Ivory which was bound for Turkey at the coastal port city of Mombasa.

The four tonnes of ivory were hidden inside sacks of sesame seeds in order to deceive port officials to be able to ship the Ivory to its destination.

The Kenyan Wildlife Service said more than 1,600 pieces of ivory were counted in the consignment and its market value is around $1.4m.

Kenya Wildlife Service President, Arthur Tuda said the ivory was found during two separate searches on different days at the port city of Mombasa.

“The ivory came through the Kenya-Uganda border stashed in sacks, and they were hidden in two 4ft containers, export documents declared the containers as carrying sesame seeds,” he said.

But customs official said smugglers sometimes ships Ivory Tusks through countries not normally associated with demand for ivory and thereafter, ships it to Asia where demand for Ivory is believed to be very high.

Searches at Mombasa port were being increased in a bid to stop smugglers from evading and violating laws on Ivory.

In January this year, two tones of ivory worth around $1m were seized in Mombasa port while in transit from Tanzania to Indonesia.

In July too, officials seized large consignment of some 770 pieces ivory tusk hacked out of elephants which had come from neighboring Uganda and was bound for Malaysia.

The Kenyan government and many African nations have banned trade in ivory which made poaching subsequently declined but there has been a rise in the illegal practice in recent years with poachers resorting to other methods in perpetuating their trade.

Kenya has recently taken a more aggressive stance against poaching as it tries to combat a surge in demand for ivory from Asia.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species has also banned the trade in ivory in 1989 but in recent years poaching has increased across sub-Saharan Africa with criminal gangs slaughtering elephants for ivory markets in Asia.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

 

 

Wanted Ugandan warlord: US to give $5m for information leading to Joseph Kony’s arrest

The US has promised to give $5m for information leading to the arrest of  warlordJoseph Kony

The US has promised to give $5m as reward for information leading to the arrest of warlordJoseph Kony

The United State has stated that it is offering a reward of $5m for information leading to the arrest of Ugandan terror warlord Joseph Kony.

Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army LRA, and he is wanted by the International Criminal Court ICC for alleged war crimes against humanity.

The United States said this after the Ugandan army suspended a search for Mr. Kony in the jungle of the Central Africa Republic blaming the new military government in the Central Africa Republic for being hostile to them.

Secretary of States John Kerry was cited by the Huffington Post as saying that The Lord’s Resistance Army LRA has tormented and terrorized children in Uganda and across the region in East Africa.

“The LRA is broken down into small bands of rebels, scattered throughout dense jungle, hidden by dense canopy, controlling territory through tactics of fear and intimidation”, Mr. told Huffington Post on Wednesday.

Mr. Kerry also admitted that Mr. Kony’s arrest “will not be easy’’ but said he hope that through persistence and dedication to bring people who terrorized innocent civilians to book, they will surely find Mr. Kony.

The Ugandan troops in the Central Africa Republic suspended their hunt for Kony and returned to their bases in the country very disappointed.

Rebel forces took power 10 days ago in the Central Africa Republic and ousted President Francois Bozize, whose government local reporters say was a supporter of the mission to find Kony.

“We have re-organized our forces, collected them in defence, as we await the decision that will follow consultations going on between the African Union and participating countries,” Ugandan army spokesman Col Felix Kulaijye told the BBC African Service in an interview after their fruitless mission in the jungle of the Central Africa Republic.

Analysts say Joseph Kony is estimated to be in control of 200-500 fighters of his Lord’s Resistance Army LRA and have continued to waged war in Uganda and the region for more than two decades now.

Joseph Kony claims that the Lord’s Resistance Army is fighting to install a government in Uganda based on the Biblical Ten Commandments given to the Prophet Moses by God in the Holy Bible.

But his rebels now terrorize large people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Central Africa Republic and he is wanted by the International Criminal Court for rape, mutilation and murder of civilians, as well as forcibly recruiting children to serve as soldiers and sex slaves among many other charges.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

Business in Africa: Kenya and Uganda Call for Private Investors to help build their petroleum pipeline

Kenya and Uganda CallED for Private Investors to help build their petroleum pipeline

Kenya and Uganda Called for Private Investors to help build their petroleum pipeline

The East Africa countries of Kenya and Uganda have published a joint call for private investors to help build their petroleum pipeline for the two countries in a form of partnership as effort in finding oil increases in East Africa.

The new pipeline is estimated to be 352km from Eldoret in Kenya to the Ugandan capital Kampala and is expected to cost in the region of $300 million.

Several newspapers published yesterday that the governments of the two countries have decided to jointly invite bids from private companies to become partners in financing this huge project.

“The pipeline will interconnect with the existing 14-inch diameter pipeline running from Nairobi to Eldoret and should be able to transport products to and from Kampala, Uganda and Eldoret, Kenya including spur line in Jinja,” the statement from the two countries said.

“The project will also include a common user depot at the pipeline terminal in Kampala,” the statement added.

This new pipeline will ensure a more stable, safe and efficient method of transporting fuel, while also cutting the significant transport costs involved in over-land delivery by heavy duty trucks.

There has been increasing attention on East Africa by the international community in recent months, as a string of oil deposits have been discovered in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

Industry players are now vying for positions in the development of the new finds – as testing of reserves is ongoing, although production has not yet commenced.

The latest call for bids comes after plans for the construction of the pipeline have already seen significant delays, having been granted to Libyan company Tamoil in 2007, but revoked again in September 2012 due to lack of progress and substantial delays.

Many analysts in East Africa believe that foreign investors should be given the contract to help open the East Africa economy to foreign investors to increase their Foreign Direct Investment.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa Business News