Wekesa condemns the Tsavo Jumbo massacre
16 January 2013, 13:13
The minister for forestry and wildlife Noah Wekesa has condemned the recent butchering of eleven elephants at the Tsavo national park by poachers.
Addressing the media on Tuesday in Kitale, Wekesa said that it is absurd that people are still ignorant on the importance of wildlife to the nation.
He said killings of elephants for ivory has been on the increase due to ready market and there in need to restructure the Kenya Wildlife service for the betterment of the tourism sector.
He added that a committee will be formed soon to prepare a report on the incident which will be used by the stakeholders in the tourism sector to come up with a plan that will help bring to an end the practice that threatens the tourism sector.
“Tourists come to Kenya to see these elephants and other wildlife animals and if they come to extinction there will not be any foreign earnings from the sector, which has been supporting our national budget,” he charged.
Wekesa reiterated that the fight against poaching should be beefed up to curb the menace before poachers destroy the national resources.
He noted that the existing bill has been less effective due to the light punishment to the offenders.
He said the bill that seeks to slash away illegal poaching is still under the Attorney General and if passed by the parliament, it will inflict heavy penalties on the poachers.
The Forestry and Wildlife minister lamented that small arms have contributed largely to the illegal practice.
“If we fail to stop the penetration of illegal arms through our borders, then it will be difficult to control the poachers because they use heavy weapons,” Wekesa lamented.
He further assured stakeholders in the tourism sector that the illegal poaching will end soon and the perpetrators of elephant massacre face justice.
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