Campaign against poaching gains momentum in Kenya
Mid this month Niall O’Connor- WWF ESARPO Regional Representative joined the walkers. Speaking during the walk Mr. O'Connor said, “Its wonderful to see people stand up and take action for what they believe in. I fully support what Jim is doing. Wildlife trade is big, it is organized and hence we need to support the Government to pass legislation that will end the trade.”
After calls to make penalties for poachers tougher, Kenyan Law makers have passed a motion in parliament to amend the Wildlife Act. This includes 15 years and or a fine of KES 10 million for a jailed poacher. Currently poachers are fined a paltry KES 40,000 and or a jail term of only two years!
In addition the Directorate of public prosecutions (DPP) has set up a special division in the office to specifically deal with wildlife related crimes. Last year 1,949 people were arraigned in court and charged with various wildlife related offences.
By Johnstone Mulary