A special unit consisting of trained marines will be dispatched around Lake Naivasha in June to help curb massive poaching.
Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said the move is targeted at poachers who are plundering both wildlife and fish at the lake.
Mbugua said, “Poaching has forced us to constitute a special unit that will help fight the menace. We have already constructed houses for the officers.”
Mbugua said his government is committed to fight poaching that is threatening to kill the tourism industry. He said the lakes in the county are crucial to tourism and they should be protected at all costs.
He added, “The county government has also set aside a substantial amount of money in the next financial year towards re-stocking fingerlings in Lake Naivasha.”
The governor who was addressing a stakeholders meeting on the status of Lake Naivasha at the Naivasha Kenya Wildlife Service Institute (KWSTI) said reports indicated that there was massive poaching targeting both wildlife and marine life in Lake Naivasha.
He added that the anti-poaching unit was among the proper measures put in place to curb the menace.
Naivasha MP John Kihagi called for the revocation of title deeds for riparian land allocations.
Kihagi blamed the rising poaching incidents to lack of jobs and the failed Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP). He said that poachers should also be incorporated in fish farming and other conservation programmes.