By Alloys Musyoka
Police in Msambweni district are searching for four suspected poachers who were spotted at Mwereni village last Wednesday. Msambweni deputy county commissioner Benjamin Leparmorijo said the four escaped to an unknown place.
He said the four are well known poachers and asked residents to provide information of their whereabouts. Leparmorijo was speaking at Makongeni Primary School on Thursday during the signing of a forest management agreement between Gazi community and Kenya Forest Service.
He reminded the residents that it will be of no use to release information that can lead to the arrest of criminals after a crime has occurred. "Information is power, let us share it for our own benefit because poachers are dangerous people. They kill our wild animals which are very important in the tourism sector," Leparmorijo said.
He said the work of protecting forests and wild animals should not be left for the police alone but is a duty of every Kenyan. "Those four suspected poachers spotted in Mwereni will soon be arrested. Let us help each other by volunteering information," Leparmorijo said.
He said the police cannot secure everywhere since the ratio of officer to the citizens is still low. United Nations recommends a ratio of one officer to 450 citizens but currently it stands at one police officer to 1,000 citizens.
Leparmorijo said cooperation between police and citizens will thwart planned criminal activities in the area. "Following the Westgate incident, we have received alerts that they (al Shabaab) are targeting some places in Ukunda, Msambweni markets and the Likoni crossing channel. Our police officers are vigilant to provide security to all," he said. He asked the residents to remain calm.