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Tea firm manager testifies in ivory case

Police impounded two containers which they suspect were used to transport the 312 pieces of Ivory seized. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Police impounded two containers which they suspect were used to transport the 312 pieces of Ivory seized. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

A tea trading firm manager said two brothers wanted over 511 pieces of ivory worth Sh576 million approached him to buy 210 bags of tea worth Sh1.1 million ($11,000 for export).

Mr Frankline Njoka of Almasi Chai Kenya told Mombasa Chief Magistrate Evans Makori that in early September 2014, Nicholas Mweri Jefwa called him on phone indicating that he needed high quality tea to export to Dubai.

He was testifying against Mr Abdulrahman Sheikh, Mr Sheikh Abdulrahman, Mr Sheikh Mahmoud Abdulrahman, Mr Musa Jacob Lithare and Mr Samuel Mundia linked to illegal ivory trade.

The suspects are accused of exporting the ivory to Thailand and Singapore without a licence.

The court heard that the two committed the offence on March 15 and May 20 2015 in Mombasa County.

Mr Njoka said Mr Jefwa told him that he did not understand the procedure involved in the exportation of tea and needed services of a tea trading company at a fee.

“We met at Jundan Hotel, off Meru Road near Jundan Mosque within Mombasa Island and introduced himself as Nicholas Jefwa. We discussed about his client in Dubai who wanted some quality tea. He named the client as Kishav Traders based in Dubai,” Mr Njoka told the court on Tuesday