By George Murage
The government has approved the formation of an inter-agencies security team to deal with poaching. Follwoing reports that some KWS rangers are involved in poaching, the Cabinet approved the formation of the team to deal with the vice.
KWS director William Kiprono says the security team will work with officers on the ground in dealing with the problem. "The cabinet has approved the formation of an inter-agencies security team as one way of addressing the poaching problem,"Kiprono said,
He said next month KWS will hire more rangers. Kiprono said there are 3,000 rangers for a ground cover of 600,000sq.km making it hard to monitor all the wildlife.
Speaking to the press in Naivasha, the KWS boss admitted that poachers were now targeting rhinos more than elephants. "There is this myth that rhino horns have medicinal value and hence the high number of killings but we are ready to deal with this," he said.
Kiprono said poaching is an international problem and called for assistance from other countries to deal with it. He said KWS is in discussion with the Chinese government over reports that the country's ivory is destined for the Asian country.
"I have met the Chinese ambassador and he has promised that his country is ready to deal with this problem and assist us in conservation," he said. More....