By George Sayagie
Chinese visitors to Kenya will now receive SMS alerts against engaging in ivory trade, their Nairobi embassy has said.
The move, according to embassy counsellor Cao Xiaolin, was aimed at sprucing up the image of his country, which has been accused of providing ready market for contraband ivory.
Mr Cao denied claims that China had been fuelling elephant and rhino slaughter, saying they were committed to helping Kenya increase its tourism revenue by supporting conservation.
He accused Western and African media of tarnishing his country’s name and warned that such reports were harming relations between the two countries.
Mr Cao, who was addressing a joint press conference with Narok Governor Samuel Tunai in Maasai Mara at the weekend, urged Kenyans to expose the real forces behind elephant slaughter.
“There are stringent penalties on wildlife crime introduced by various countries aimed at stopping carnage within elephant and rhino sanctuaries.
Perpetrators of ivory trade and its products get up to life imprisonment.”
The counsellor was part of a powerful delegation that paid Mr Tunai a courtesy call. More....