A middle-aged man was on Thursday afternoon arraigned in a Nakuru court and charged with being in possession of zebra meat contrary to the Wildlife Conservation Act.
Appearing before Chief Magistrate Josephat Kalo, Samuel Gitome was charged that on November 21 at Soysambu Ranch in Mabruk, Nakuru County, he was found in possession of zebra meat weighing 208 kilograms worth Ksh.83,200.
The suspect, who was charged together with others not before the court, however denied the charges and pleaded to be released on reasonable bond terms claiming that he was framed in the matter.
The court heard that Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers who were on patrol found the suspects after receiving a tip off from members of the public.
The accused was unable to produce documents permitting him to have game meat forcing the officers to make the arrest.
Other suspects, however, managed to escape leaving behind two motorbikes and eight manila bags stashed with zebra meat.
According to police, the meat is believed to be ferried to butcheries in Gilgil and Nakuru towns and sold to unsuspecting customers as there is huge demand for meat during the festive season.
The magistrate, in his ruling, released the accused on a Ksh.1 million bond or an alternative cash bail of Ksh.500,000 pending mention of the matter on Friday.