By Kiptanui Rutto
Two suspected poachers have been arrested with ivory valued at KSh 500,000 in Kitengela.
According to Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the two men are believed to be working with poachers in an illegal Elephant tusk trade.
The two men, a foreign national Isaiah Juma Babu aged 66 years and Julius Oloo Omolo were nabbed at National Bank- Kitengela in possession of a 50 Kg sack of maize stuffed with five pieces of elephant trophies weighing 6.1kg.
It is believed that the main suspect who managed to escape is at large and the search is ongoing by the authorities.
In another operation, a multi-agency team led by CCIO Kajiado County has also interdicted a motorcycle ferrying game meat weighing approximately 300 Kgs.
Acting on intelligence, the team conducted an operation within Enkorika along Kajiado – Mashuru road where by three suspects who had earlier killed several grant-gazelles and Dikdik managed to escape but efforts to locate them are ongoing.
The County which experience high rate of human-wildlife conflict is on the authority’s radar for poaching.
However, residents believe the business has a upper hand from the game rangers or they are totally reluctant. According to Mike Sironka, Loitokitok, resident, when a wild animal is spotted and the rangers are notified, they take ages to come while sometimes they do not show up at all.
With the laxity of the game rangers, charcoal business is said to be thriving with motorbikes being the main transport from the bushes to the towns of Kiserian, Kajiado, Rongai, Ngong and Kitengela. Sources indicate that the business is done at night with the help of some government officials.
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