Kenyan policeman arrested with illegal rhino horn

A Kenyan police officer has been arrested with a piece of illegal rhino horn worth tens of thousands of dollars on the black market, wildlife officials said Tuesday.

Corporal Henry Mokua Onsongo allegedly threatened to shoot the arresting officers from the Kenya Wildlife Service before being overpowered and taken into custody with two other suspects on Monday night. A fourth man fled.

“The man was arrested with a piece of rhino horn weighing 600 grammes,” said KWS spokesman Paul Muya.

The policemen and the two other men were caught red-handed as they tried to sell the rhino horn to KWS agents posing as buyers after a tip-off.

Rhino horn is estimated to be worth twice as much as gold at $65,000 per kilogramme on the black market in Asia, where it is believed by some to cure cancer and have medicinal powers.

Conservationists say poachers can make up to $15,000 per kilogramme of rhino horn. Most Kenyans have to work for several years to earn as much.

Poachers often rent automatic rifles from police officers or soldiers for $200 or $300.

At least 59 rhinos and 300 elephants, who are hunted for their ivory, were killed in Kenya in 2013, according to the KWS.

The agency says a thousand rhinos and some 38,000 elephants remain in the east African country.

But other wildlife groups say they believe the actual figures are much lower, and that impunity and corruption are to blame for the continued illegal wildlife trade.

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Businessman kills a police officer

Mombasa businessman who allegedly involved in the murder of police officer and seriously wounding his colleague has been disarmed and transferred to Malaba Busia to face murder charges .

Police says the man murder a CID officer near the Malaba border on Tuesday night under unclear circumstance before he sped off in his vehicle towards Mombasa.

Busia police commander Halima Salat said he shot and killed a CID officer and seriously wounding his colleague who were on patrol after the officers impounded his two trucks at the border.

The man was arrested at Mariakani weighbridge last night.

Policeman detained over missing gun

A junior police officer is been detained at Naivasha police station after an AK47 rifle and 30 rounds of ammunition were stolen from Mai Mahiu Police station.

The officer was arrested from his base in Mai Mahiu on Thursday morning after the gun which was in his possession went missing.

The officer allegedly left the gun in his house to answer a short call but unknown people carted the fully loaded gun.

According to an officer who declined to be named, the constable was manning the desk but moved to his house in the morning.

“The officer claims that he left the gun under his bed to answer a call of nature but on returning the gun was nowhere to be found,” said the source.

The source added that the officer was giving contradictory statements raising fears as to whether the gun was really stolen.

Naivasha sub-county commissioner Abraham Kemboi confirmed the incident adding that the officer was in custody as investigations continued.

He termed the incident as worrying adding that the gun could be used to cause terror in the area and called on members of the public to assist with information on the missing weapon.

“The story that the officer is telling is not adding up but security officers are on the ground tracking the gun,” he said.