By Joseph Muraya
The Kenya Wildlife Service has assured the country that the fight against illegal trade in ivory has been intensified but noted the number of elephants killed was still high. Last year the country lost 384 elephants, an increase from 289 in 2011 and as per last week, 162 elephants had been killed this year.
Speaking to Capital FM News, Kenya Wildlife Service Spokesman Paul Mbugua said the recent intercepted ivory was from neighbouring nations and was in transit to other countries.
He said Kenya was a transit country because of the port of Mombasa but noted that stiff measures have been deployed to stop the trend.
"We have stepped up our system of surveillance and of course we are working closely with the Kenya Revenue Authority to ensure that every consignment that passes through the port is cleaned and those consignments that are found to be contraband are intercepted," he said.
"Most of the consignments intercepted in the country are only repackaged here in the country. We are going to use DNA technology to establish from what population is the ivory coming from; whether from the country elephant population or other countries."
"All the shipments from the landlocked countries within East Africa pass through the port of Mombasa," he noted. More....