The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Poachers Put On Notice in Lari

The Head of Central Province Highlands Conservancy has warned that anyone found involved in poaching will be severely dealt with. John Wachihi's warning over increased cases of elephant poaching were echoed by Lari DC Benard Kinyua.

The two were speaking during the Kenya Forest Service open day held at Kereita forest in Lari on Friday.

The administrators urged the community to help conserve Kenyan forests by planting indigenous trees at their homes and staying away from illegal logging in the forests. "Earlier we used to have a problem with logging but it has decreased. But we are experiencing a problem of elephant poaching in the forests," said Wachihi. "I am putting this in broad that we shall not tolerate that kind of poaching, we are working together with KWS, KFS and provincial administration and am putting this as a warning that we shall not encourage poaching either trees, elephants and any kind of wildlife and would like people to note that," he said.

Wachihi said that there was recent poaching in Kinangop and Nyeri where four poachers were killed and tasks yanked off for ivory. He said, "We are taking this seriously as we recently had poaching in Kinangop and three poachers were killed and am urging the community to give us information, When locals have a gun, it might not be only used for porch but also against them and that's a security problem."

The DC said "we are campaigning against people getting into forest to log or destroy in any way we are working together with KWS, KFS and we have managed to curb this and the community is giving us maximum support and we are putting those who have developed a deaf ear to be warned that they shall face the full force of the law." "This is the main source of water and tower in the abrades that goes down all the way to Limuru, Kiambu and Nairobi and therefore conserving it means that people far from here will be benefiting from water and that's the most important activity in fish farming and daily farming," added Kinyua.

The HOC said that they are encouraging the community to plant trees in their homes adding that the future of this country lies in their farms. He said that they would be able to have commercial trees and also the country will achieve the 10 percent cover as embraced in the constituency. "In the years 2005 we developed the Forest act and one of the key area was community associations and thus created community forest association and gave them user rights," said Wachihi.

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