Nairobi, Oct 24 – The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) today reported that its rangers and the police have arrested two suspected poachers and seized a firearm and many rounds of ammunition in Thaka-Nithi County. A third suspect escaped with gunshot wounds after a shoot-out.
The suspects are Simon Kanyaru Ndatho alias Ngochi and Japheth Iguna. The wounded suspect who managed to run away was named as Duncan Mwiti Muchungu alias Kimwiru.
KWS said its Wildlife Protection Department in nearby Meru National Park had stepped up patrols to combat the poaching menace in the area.
“The public are requested to report any suspected cases of poaching or illegal possession of firearms to the nearest KWS offices or other law enforcement agencies,” the Service said in a press release.
In a related development, a Zambian woman was intercepted with ivory while on transit through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.
Kabanje Liseli Mwananguku was arrested for illegally wearing an ivory bangle weighing 100 grams and an estimated of $300.
She was intercepted on October 23 by KWS officers in collaboration with other airport authorities while on transit to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Mwananguku was charged with being in illegal possession of a wildlife trophy.
Cases of foreigners being arrested with ivory trophies at the airport have become common, KWS said.