Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Kenya: UNDP `staff` arrested with cocaine

Alex Kiarie, AfricaNews reporter in Nairobi, Kenya
Cocaine worth over US$1 million was seized at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport over the weekend in Kenya. A female suspect who claimed to be working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is being held for questioning.
She had papers in her possession that identified her as a senior employee of United Nations Development Programme-UNDP, and the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Her passport particulars indicated that she had travelled to Brazil from Peru, before connecting flights to South Africa then Kenya. The 40 year old woman was travelling to Uganda.

The 21kilogramme cocaine haulage was packed in black containers with UNDP labels. Her arrest was triggered by her rivals in the drug trafficking underworld.

According to the JKIA Criminal Investigation Department boss Joseph Ngisa, the woman could not tell the police where the headquarters of UNDP is based, and neither could she be able to tell the nature of her job description in the organization. She also did not know the name of Uganda's Foreign Affairs Minister.
She was due to be charged with drug trafficking on Monday.

Kenya has been marked as one of the major transit points for human and drug traffickers, due to sleaze in the immigration and police departments.

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