By George Murage
Security officers are closing in on the poachers who killed six elephants in Tsavo East in what is believed to be a revenge mission. Environment PS Richard Lesiyampe said the four poachers were incidentally set free by the courts last week.
Lesiyampe said he is angered by the killing of the six elephants, which included four calves, by the bandits in a ranch near Tsavo East national park. "Last week KWS officers arrested 15 suspected poachers but they were bonded by courts and some of the suspects are behind the killing of the elephants," he said.
Lesiyampe hit out at the judiciary for been lenient on poaching suspects adding that some of them were heading back to game reserves once released by the law courts. "The wildlife act has stiff penalties but unfortunately the suspects are getting bonded easily and killing more of our wildlife," he said.
He noted that poaching was now been carried out by an international ring and called on the county governments and members of the public to work with them on the vice. He said that the government had recruited 600 rangers who were currently in training and acquired modern weapons to deal with the poachers. Lesiyampe was addressing the press in KWS Training Institute Naivasha after launching the Lake Naivasha Integrated management plan.