By Francis Njenga
A middle aged man confessed on Monday before Kenya Wildlife Service officers, the Mbuuri OCPD and the management of Lewa Wildlife conservancy that he was a poacher and had reformed.
Kelechi Parkusaa, 39, confessed to having killed two white rhinos this year at the Lewa conservancy, Meru County, where he was employed as a Rhino monitor.
He also surrendered a semi-automatic carabine gun and nine rounds of ammunition and said he was ready to collaborate with the conservancy and KWS in the fight against poaching.
Parkusaa said that he had decided to reform after seeing what poaching had done to Lewa conservancy which invests much of its revenue to his Raparua community.
“My heinous deeds to the main income earner to my community and country at large have left me with no peace of mind,” said Parkusaa.
“I have seen poachers get gunned down in this conservancy. I am aware of how much money the conservancy uses to fight poaching which would otherwise be used in development in the community.”
Parkusaa added: “I am now reformed and will work closely with the government and KWS in guarding our rhinos that has been endangered species by poachers.”
Mr Parkusaa recounted how he acted as an informer to the poachers who killed the rhinos he was employed to guard.
“Today I come to expose why it could be a difficult task to end poaching if employees of conservancies are not properly vetted,” said Mr Parkusaa. More....