A businessman who allegedly possessed a grey parrot and abandoned it at a veterinary officer’s home was arraigned at a Kibera court.
Geoffrey Githui Mutundu is accused that on November 10, 2019 at Kahawa Wendani area within Nairobi county jointly with others not before the court he handled a live wild life species, namely, a grey parrot.
He denied the charges and was released on bond.
A witness told the court that the accused person was a friend to her husband (the veterinary officer) and he took the bird to their home and directed them to make sure that the bird was taken good care of.
Naomi Njeri told the court that the accused promised to take the bird after he was back in the city from his rural home.
“My friend’s husband brought the bird to our home and requested that we take good care of it as he was heading to his rural home,” she told the court.
She added, “On May 10, 2019 my husband called me and requested I organise on how the parrot would reach him in town since there was someone he was to deliver it to in a certain mall and I was excited since the bird had started becoming bothersome,” Njeri told the court.
“I didn’t have much worry since my husband was a veterinarian by profession and so the parrots were in safe hands but as per the agreement he didn’t pick back the parrot,” she told the court.
After she delivered the parrot to the husband as agreed, he called her later and informed her that he had been arrested.
“My husband then called me that he had been arrested by the KWS officers while he was delivering the bird, I called the guy who delivered it to us but he told me that he had its license at home and later he disowned the parrots and his phone went off,” she told the court.
Court prosecutor Robert Ogallo during the cross examinations had a small question to the witness,” does the parrot fly,” he posed the question which received a reasonable answer.
Ogallo directed that the case be mentioned on another date for a further hearing.