By John Wamai [Letter to Editor\
Editor, Permit me to write about the elephant in the room in relation to the current poaching crisis that has beset several African countries.
I am the first to recognise how the Chinese have helped transform our infrastructure for the better. But we cannot ignore the fact that increased poaching has been almost proportional with their increasing numbers in the region.
The law of supply and demand clearly comes into play.
Unscrupulous locals coming into contact with equally unscrupulous Chinese and surely some deal must be struck. The incentive is that the profits are very good.
Recently, President Kikwete suggested stronget emphasis on the ‘no ivory buying’ campaign in the leading consumers, China, Vietnam and Thailand.
I doubt this will work, because of their cultural/suspicious ties with ivory. Very punitive fines is much better.