The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has interdicted 10 security officers suspected of aiding poachers in the Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA), Kenya's The Standard reported Sunday (June 2nd).
The suspects include an acting senior warden, a company commander, five platoon commanders and three rangers. "They have secretly been giving information to the poachers making it difficult for KWS to effectively deal with the poaching menace," TCA Senior Assistant Director Julius Kimani said.
"Such unscrupulous secret agents are not only wrecking KWS from within, but also undermining wildlife conservation efforts," he said.
The officers will report to their duty stations twice monthly and if they are found to be involved in criminal activities, they will be fired and prosecuted, he said. The KWS recently sacked three other security personnel for involvement in poaching.