The East African lawmakers have approved a resolution calling on their governments to enact harmonized and an all-inclusive legislation to stem widespread poaching in the region.
The resolution by the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), moved by Kenya's lawmaker Abubakr Ogle, also seeks to categorize wildlife crimes and poaching as a criminal act punishable by imprisonment.
"We are deeply concerned that the East African Community (EAC) region, especially in Kenya, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania, has become a source of illegally trafficked ivory or a major transiting point for ivory from other countries and represents at least 64 per cent of the total volume of ivory seized around the globe," the EAC legislators' resolution reads in part.
The resolution comes barely a month after African envoys resolved to enact strong and enforceable legal framework to help control rising poaching on the continent.
The ambassadors who held a meeting in Kenya organized by Kenya's Mission to the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON) were also unanimous on the need for the African Diplomatic Corps (ADC) to strongly take up the issue of combating poaching.
In a resolution read on Aug. 19, the African ambassadors termed this as yet another chapter in which a more assertive Africa that seeks to implement solutions to its own challenges comes together.
The EALA resolution also comes in the wake of reports that Tanzania is losing around 30 elephants per day while Kenya loses two daily. More....