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Former poacher surrenders rifle to KWS, seeks redemption

28 February 2014, 22:04 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - A man believed to be a poacher in Isiolo County has surrendered a rifle and 10 rounds of ammunition to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers.

According to a statement from lewa Wildlife Conservancy executive Mike Watson, Kileshi Parkusaa 39, made a confession and admitted to the planning and killing of two rhinos in the conservancy, one being the most recently poached animal on the conservancy.  

Kileshi is from Leparua community that neighbours the conservancy.

While surrounded by the local administration, community members and the Lewa security team, Kileshi said he ‘came clean' after pressure from his community who, on discovering his criminal acts, excluded him and his family.

He added that he was aware the conservancy was rapidly gathering enough evidence to convict him in a case pending in court.

“With law enforcement authorities equally on his trail, Kileshi felt haunted and stalked his life had become a nightmare,” said Watson.

“Like most poachers, greed and desire for quick gain were his motivation, however Kileshi says killing the rhinos has not made him any richer,” Watson reported.

Kileshi, as a reformed and rehabilitated poacher, Watson said he is now assisting Lewa's security team to gather intelligence on other poaching gangs in the neighbouring communities.

The executive further said that the move is an indication of successful efforts by the conservancy in the community based conservation project.

“Lewa’s neighbours know well that poaching only hurts opportunities for development. Our security has increased strong intelligence networks and this case has set a powerful example that instigators of wildlife crimes will not get far,” Watson stated.

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