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Government considering curbing poaching with own security forces

18 March 2014, 21:51 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government is considering taking over security at private game reserves to curb increased incidences of poaching.

There have been rising cases of poaching in the country ion recent months with private game reserves being targeted even more for their lack of proper security.

Lately there have been a number of Rhinos taken out in game reserves, with over ten reported dead in the last one year as well as a number of elephants and buffaloes.

A good number have been found dead in private reserves.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has previously insisted that there is need to ensure poaching is reduced and poachers brought to book.

And thus the ministry of Water, Environment and National resources is coming up with plans to enhance security at private reserves, as well as mooting plans to take over the security of such conservancies.

" The government is looking at ways of boosting security in wildlife installations all over the country. The increased incidences of poaching are really worrying, cabinet secretary in the ministry Richard Lesimpaye said in his speech during the opening of the 'Go wild' initiative in Nairobi.

The killing of a black Rhino at the Ol Pejeta conservancy last week has alarmed the ministry which said it is looking at ways of curbing insecurity at such facilities.

" All government agencies will be alerted on how to liase with the private security at such places in-order to reduce such incidences, he added.

The 'Go Wild' initiative is sponsored by Nakumatt Supermarkets, Coca Cola and the Kenya Wildlife Service and and is aimed at raising awareness and funds to help in conversation efforts at the Ol Pejeta conservancy.

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