Kenyan authorities said Thursday they have intercepted a consignment of 201 pieces of dried butterflies and 20 pieces of vulturine guineafowl feathers imported from Tanga, Tanzania into the country.
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) said its custom officials at the Lunga Lunga One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) in northern region seized the consignment from a passenger who was suspected to have been illegally planning to export the shipment to Hungary and Britain respectively.
“Documents in his possession indicate that the dried butterfly’s consignee was in Szombathely, Hungary while an invoice indicated that the consignor for the vulterine guinea fowl feathers was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, KRA said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
The tax collector said the suspect has been handed over to Kenya Wildlife Service for further interrogation and action.
It said the suspect who was intercepted while travelling by bus from Tanga to Mombasa had a temporary Tanzanian passport and did not have a required permit from KWS and other relevant authorizing institutions as required by law.
KRA said its official seized the consignment during a routine scanning exercise at the border post.
Guinea fowl and butterfly trophies are restricted goods under the East African Community Customs Management Act second schedule. Enditem