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He was quoted by a leading daily as saying:
"We received tea blending instructions from the shipper Almasi Chai (Kenya) through the Exporting Company - Potential Quality Supplies (PQS) in one of our Mombasa warehouses,"
"Tea blending was done and the entire consignment of the blended tea was loaded onto 20 foot containers, to full capacity and sealed…"
He went on to state that the Kenya Revenue Authority custom entries had been conducted on behalf of Almasi Chai. Mr Kipturgo said that containers were approved by KRA giving Siginon permission to have the shipment released for export at the Mombasa Port.
"The containers left our yards on the dates of March 21, April 19, and April 20. The trucks bearing the Almasi Chai (Kenya) containers arrived at the Mombasa Port for loading onto the vessels Cape Moss and Cape Madrid respectively," Kipturgo said.
"On April 27 and May 19, news breaks out that an illegal consignment of ivory and rhino horns were discovered in Thailand and Singapore," he further stated.
Siginon insists that the tea shipment must have been replaced along the way with the illegal ivory. Kipturgo said that the company is assisting the authorities with all information to assist in the investigations.