Sunday, 29 July 2012

KWS Rangers Arrested For Illegal Hunting

There are two Kenya Wildlife Service rangers who were arrested for supposedly illegally killing animals in the Tsavo National Park. David Mwiraria who is the chairperson board of KWS said it is so unfortunate that within themselves are people who are frustrating this fight against poaching in Kenya.

According to the Police and other KWS officials, these suspects were part of the huge gang that has been hunting down animals at the park in the recent past. Meanwhile the Tsavo Conservation Area Assistant Director Wilson Korir as well as Taita OCPD Nathaniel Aseneka have confirmed the arrests and mentioned that they are to be taken to the court after all the investigations  have been successfully done. Mr. Korir also added that these two have been sack from their services two weeks ago because what they did was against the code of conduct of service.
This has happened at a time when the Government is still struggling with this huge problem of poaching. During his speech at the conference for senior wardens and researchers in Voi town not so long ago, David Mwiraria said this was so disappointing. And according to some information from the research done by an intelligence body there some dishonest KWS officials who are working in gang with criminals to destroy what the body has already set on ground which is why the management  has got to work hard enough to stamp this vice out of the country for survival of the industry.

Mwiraria also said that their success to the operation called Okoa Ndovu will entirely depend on professionalism, interactive communication and strong adherence to the core values.  Meanwhile, there were two elephants which were killed by most likely poachers in Taita-Taveta. The elephants were killed at Kishushe location and their tusks removed.

Acting Taita DC Paul Rotich and acting Taita Administration Police Commandant Eric Kipkenei said that they carcasses were found by the public, one of the elephants was killed using a poisoned arrow while the other was shot with a bullet and both their tusks were gone. This happened even before a week has elapsed after a group of crooks attack Taita Ranch in Voi District, killed two elephants and took tusks too. Now, there are nine the number of elephants killed in the Tsavo Conservation Area in this year 2012 but Tsavo West Senior warden Collins Omondi said it was just one elephant  that had been killed and not two like they say. It is such bad news that they are losing elephants at such a high rate in local ranches.

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