By Reuben Githinji
An elephant was killed and its ivory chopped off in Mt Kenya Forest in Embu. The police and Kenya Wildlife Service officers recovered the carcass of the jumbo on Wednesday evening in Mbuvori, Embu North district.
Embu North district police boss James Karisa said they suspect the elephant might have been killed on Sunday by unknown poachers.
He condemned the incident describing it as irresponsible. Karisa said they have crucial leads which will enable them to the culprits.
He called on the residents who might have witnessed the killing of the jumbo and to give information to the police. Karisa said the information will be treated with confidence.
He asked the residents not to allow unscrupulous poachers to destroy the resources that the country relies on for tourism. Poaching has of late increased in the area with several people also having been arrested and charged with being in possession of ivory at the Embu courts.
On May 20, a middle-aged man was charged with being in possesion of 12 elephant tusks in an Embu village. Peterson Njeru Mbogo denied the charges before magistrate Margaret Wachira released him on a Sh100,000 bond with a surety of a similar amount.
Mbogo was arrested by KWS rangers after a tip-off from members of the public. The rangers are said to have tracked him down, arrested him and handed him over to the Embu police station.
Another middle-aged man from Tharaka Nithi county was charged in an Embu Court with being in possession of two tusks.
Piere Mburia was allegedly found with the tusks on December 10 last year at Chuka town in Tharaka Nithi district without certificates of ownership.