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Bushmeat poacher from Limuru jailed for two years

Date Published: 10 May, 2012
Bushmeat poacher from Limuru jailed for two years

Some of the bush meat recovered during a past KWS operation. KWS officers arrested a suspect and recovered 100kg of Zebra meat within the Naivasha area on March 29, 2012.

A notorious poacher, who recently defied instructions by Kenya Wildlife Service and Police to stop at a road block, has been jailed for two years without the option of a fine.  Following intense efforts to control illegal bushmeat poaching and trading within Naivasha and Suswa areas, Kenya Wildlife Service officers arrested a suspect and recovered 100kg of Zebra meat on March 29, 2012.

Following a tip-off from the public, the officers had laid an ambush along the Narok–Mai Mahiu Road near Suswa trading centre. The driver defied orders to stop when the vehicle was flagged down. After a hot chase, the poacher was arrested when the vehicle finally stopped after its tyres were shot at and deflated. The suspect was charged before a Naivasha court where he was found guilty and sentenced to a jail term of two years. Further investigations revealed that the suspect was from Limuru Town and was transporting the meat to Nairobi.

The zebra carcasses in his possession had been killed using poison and our officers have established the source of the poison. The zebra meat, which is sold to unsuspecting buyers, is transported under very unhygienic conditions. The poison used could also be harmful to humans. KWS is appealing to members of public to guard against poaching by reporting incidences to the nearest KWS Station or by calling 0728331981 or 0736506052 or 0770296352. All such reports will be treated with utmost confidence.


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