Sunday, 19 January 2014 14:17

2 Suspected Poachers Shot Dead

Two suspected poachers were shot dead by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) intelligence team in conjunction with the General Service Unit (GSU) at Solio ranch.

The two were gunned down after their plan to kill rhinos grazing in the expansive ranch was thwarted by the security team.

Speaking at the scene, Kieni West police commander Kipruto Kemboi said after the two were seen wandering through the ranch and shooting at the wildlife, the officers ambushed them.

Kemboi said the armed men confronted the officers and a prolonged exchange of fire ensued.

The OCPD confirmed that they recovered a G3 rifle and seven rounds of ammunitions.

Kemboi said the two were part of three groups that were shooting around the ranch to confuse the security personnel.

Senior Aberdares Warden Christine Boit said that the Nyumba Kumi initiative launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta has greatly helped them fight poaching in Kenya.

Boit urged residents living near national parks, game reserves and all the animal ranches to cooperate with the security team to eradicate poaching.

Area Member of National Assembly Kanini Kega who was also at the scene said the recently passed Wildlife Bill in Parliament will ensure that poachers are dealt with accordingly.

“In Parliament, we passed the Wildlife Bill that states that the suspected poachers netted with ivory will be dealt with accordingly by the law. I ask my constituents who live around these wildlife habitats to be wary of any suspicious people who are a threat to our wildlife,” said Kanini.

By Angel Mboya

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