By Abduba Mamo
Isiolo deputy governor Mohamed Guleid has appealed to security organs to intensify fight against poachers in the area and the neighbouring Counties.
Mr. Guleid cited Isiolo and Samburu counties as most notorious in the poaching activities and called for frequent patrols in the national game reserves and conservancies to hound out the poachers.
The deputy governor said the government spent a lot of resources to train and equip personnel to protect wildlife and urged the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and game rangers to strengthen the fight against poachers so that the county government could reap benefits from local and foreign tourism.
Mr. Guleid made the remarks after armed poachers killed a female rhino at Lewa down conservancy which sprawls into Isiolo from Meru County.
He however said that security personnel were investigating the incident that took place less than 50 metres from rangers’ staff quarters. No suspect has been arrested yet.
He said the 17 year-old rhino was three months pregnant and wondered why it was killed in the highly protected area. “Even if the poachers used a silencer gun, the rangers have duty to be vigilant in order to keep endangered species of wildlife within the sanctuaries for future generations,” he said.
Police and KWS in the last three months have netted over 50 kg of elephant Ivory and arrested five people in Isiolo town who have already appeared in court.
About 10 Rhinos and 50 elephants have been killed in Samburu, Meru and Isiolo Counties in the last 12 months according to Mr. Guleid.