By Irene Wairimu
The office of the Director of Public Prosecution has begun a training programme on the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act.
Speaking during the official opening of the project at Lake Nakuru National Park on Monday, Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Kioko Kamula called on the judiciary to be consistent in handing down sentences to convicts under the new law.
He said the Act that came into force in January this year is facing some challenges in implementation especially in terms of collaboration among the state agencies involved in wildlife and environmental conservation.
Kamula said the DPP's office realised that most investigators and prosecutors are yet to fully understand the law. He said the government will in coming weeks collaborate with the private sector to train them.
"We are ready to robustly prosecute environmental and wildlife crimes. Prior to the Act, the DPP's office had established an environmental and wildlife crimes unit that has been collaborating with KWS prosecutors and investigators," Kamula said.
The one-week training brings together players from the DPP's office, the Ministry of Environment, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, the CID, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Airpors Authority, the Immigration Department, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Nema and the Judiciary.
Kamula said consultations are ongoing on the amendment of some clauses of the Act, which pose a challenge to the State Law office especially in drafting of charges against suspects.