Picture: Francis Tembula Mbetu (left) and James Awiti holding two leopard skins they tried to sell to KWS officers who posed as buyers

Two men were arrested for the illegal possession of two leopard skins that have a street value of Kenyan shilling (Ksh) 200,000 each.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers followed up on intelligence reports and arrested the suspects Francis Tembula Mbetu and James Awiti, who are in their 60's. 

In a statement KWS said: "Posing as buyers, the officers lured the suspects to deliver the contraband products to them at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi."

While offering to sell the skins for Ksh. 400,000 the officers arrested the two suspects.

"They were charged with being in illegal possession of wildlife trophy contrary to section 95 of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act," KWS said.

The suspects appeared before the Kibera court and were released on a bond of half a million shillings each after denying the charges against them.

- African News Agency (ANA)