By Joseph Muraya
The Kenya Wildlife Service says two elephants were killed on Monday at Emaka Ranch in the Tsavo East National Park. KWS Spokesperson Paul Muya said no arrest has been made so far but officers from a new crack unit have been deployed to track down the poachers.
“We learned this in shock that we have lost two of our elephants, this will stop! Our officers are on ground and are doing everything possible to ensure this does not recur anywhere else in our country,” he said.
Muya has expressed optimism that those responsible are going to be arrested and charged in court. “We are going to make arrests. No one involved will escape the long hand of the law.”
This incident happened as the country takes a new drive against poachers who have decimated Kenya’s elephants in recent days.
This brings to 24 the number of elephants killed in the larger Tsavo in the last two months. The surge in elephant poaching has been exacerbated by ivory demand from China and other Asian countries.
During his recent visit to China, President Uhuru Kenyatta reaped hefty packages, including support to combat wildlife poaching in Kenya.
In an interview at the end of his visit on Friday, President Kenyatta said China acknowledged that poaching was a problem and committed to work with Kenya in solving it.
“The Chinese Government understands that poaching is a problem. The most important thing is that they are not just talking about it but working to solve it,” he said. More....