Sabahi (Washington, DC)

7 February 2013

Kenya Wildlife Service Suspends Two Top Officials in Poaching Investigation

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has suspended two top officials during investigations into a recent surge in poaching incidents that has decimated elephant herds, AFP reported Wednesday (February 6th).

"The suspensions had to be done to pave the way for investigations," said KWS spokesman Paul Mbugua, adding that the officers have not been charged with crimes. "We are waiting for the final report."

Head of Kenya's Civil Service Francis Kimemia last month directed the KWS to produce a report on the country's poaching problem.

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