A Nyeri businessman has come out to defend himself against poaching allegations. Fredrick Muchina claims that some descriptions in a local television programme on poaching pointed at him. He said he has never been associated with poaching.
Muchina said while the station only gave the name Muchina as a notorious poacher in the country , other descriptions in the story pointed an accusing finger at him.
“This matter has caused me and my family distress. My personal relationship with friends and my business is under threat as I am being viewed as a person with a questionable character,” he said in a statement to the media yesterday.
Muchina denied enjoying protection from senior civil servants, security officers and politicians. Kenya has been hit by a spate of poaching in the recent past, prompting wildlife conservationists led by former Kenya Wildlife Service director Richard Leakey to appeal to President Uhuru to declare poaching a national disaster.
Rhinos and elephants are particularly targeted for their horns and tusks respectively, which attract high prices in the world markets particularly in China. The crime is also being fuelled by an international criminal syndicate keen to meet the demand for the two trophies in China.