9 August 2018

Kenya: Suspect in Rhino Killing Released on Bond

The suspect linked to the recent killing of a rhino at Lake Nakuru National Park has been granted bond.

Mr Aden Abdi Mata was on Thursday charged with being in possession of an illegal firearm and six processed ivory contrary to the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013.

Mr Mata, who was unrepresented, denied the charges before Resident Magistrate Martin Mutua in Naivasha and was released on a Sh500,000 bond with surety of a similar amount.

"I'm not guilty," he said.

SANCTUARY

The charge sheet indicates that he was found with a 30-06 calibre rifle and six pieces of processed ivory in Ndabibi, Nakuru County, this month.

The case will be mentioned on August 22 and heard on October 25.

The 12-year-old male black rhino was killed within the grazing field.

The park has a 78-kilometre electric perimeter fence.

Last month, 11 black rhinos died after being translocated from Nakuru and Nairobi national parks to Tsavo East Rhino Sanctuary.

The Kenya Wildlife Service on Wednesday reported the arrest of the suspect on its Twitter handle.

Lake Nakuru National Park was declared a rhino sanctuary in 1980s and has been used as a breeding haven, and has a population of more than 70 black and white rhinos.

Kenya

Kenyans Ranked 3rd Most Hardworking Foreigners in U.S.

Kenyan immigrants working in the US have been ranked as the third most industrious foreigners. Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 The Nation. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.