Kenya Steps Up Fight Against Poaching

stuff sans-serif;”>In passing the Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill and Policy, the Cabinet directed that the measures be fully implemented to bring to stop cases of poaching in the country and streamline management of wildlife services.

Poaching in Kenya’s national parks has threatened the future of precious species especially elephants.

Chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday at State House, Nairobi, cabinet resolved to establish an inter-agency security team composed of personnel from KWS and the Police Service to continuously track down and apprehend bandits in the wildlife sanctuaries including private conservancy areas.

The team will also intensify surveillance in wildlife zones.

A crash-programme to increase KWS rangers by 1,000 was also approved while those behind the poaching business will be marked, named and arrested.

Cabinet consented to the sacking of any KWS official who has been conniving with the poachers.

It was also decided to increase fines of up to one million Kenya shillings for those found to be engaged in poaching.

Government further decided to confiscate property that has been acquired through proceeds of poaching and search any vehicle or vessel and seize and detain any wildlife specimens in respect of which there is reason to believe that an offence has been committed, together with any tools, equipment, vessels or vehicles used in the commission of the offence.

The Secretary to the Cabinet was also directed to coordinate a follow up on the implementation of government decisions.


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