By Mathias Ringa
The government has banned grazing of livestock in national parks and game reserves to curb poaching.
Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr Felix Koskei said anyone found grazing animals in the conservation areas will face the law and ordered herders to drive their animals out of the parks and reserves.
Mr Koskei noted that the government was against the grazing of cattle in the parks since it encouraged poaching of elephants and rhinos.
He explained that poachers, masquerading as herders, had killed elephants in the Taita-Taveta ranches which are within the Tsavo conservation area.
“There is no way the government can allow people to graze cattle in the Tsavo conservation area due to poaching of elephants and rhinos,” he said.
“Anybody found grazing animals in the parks will face the consequences. We cannot allow crooks to kill our wildlife which are a major tourist attraction.”
The Cabinet Secretary ordered any herders who graze cattle in the Tsavo conservation area to immediately drive them out failure to which they would be prosecuted.
“Livestock keepers from North Eastern province and Tana River should return the animals to where they used to graze them,” he said. More....