AMISOM staff fined in Kenyan court for wearing ivory bangles

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) employee was on Tuesday fined Sh1 million by a court in Kenyan capital Nairobi after she admitted wearing ivory bangles against Kenyan laws.

Lydie Kayetsi was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport wearing the ornaments on her way to Somali capital Mogadishu where she works with AMISOM.

National Museums of Kenya tested to verify if they were made of ivory as Kenya Wildlife Service officers had suspected.

In her mitigation, Kayetsi said she was not aware that it was an offence to wear the bangles in Kenya.

Her lawyer also told the court that she bought the objects of beauty on a streets in Democratic Republic of Congo and was not aware that they were made of ivory.

Ivory made objects are illegal in Kenyan and several African countries.