Man arrested with a python in Mombasa

Wednesday March 18 2020
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Police in Mombasa have arrested a man with a 2.3 metres long python. PHOTO | FILE

By MOHAMED AHMED

Police in Mombasa are holding a man who was arrested with a python.

The suspect, identified as Mr Karisa Iha, 30, was apprehended at the Likoni ferry channel on Tuesday morning. The 10 kg python is 2.3 metres long.

“The suspect was passing through the island X-ray screening area when he was intercepted," says a police report seen by the Nation.

A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) official told the Nation that the suspect had put the reptile in a black suitcase.

The suspect had wrapped the python in a white bed sheet. The suspect, who is being held at the Likoni Ferry Police Station, will be arraigned today.

He will face among, other charges, dealing in wildlife species without a permit and being in possession of a live wildlife.

The offences are contrary to the 2013 Wildlife Conservation and Management Act.