KWS arrest 'notorious' poacher, recover tusks worth KES 2M
31 December 2013, 18:16
Nairobi - Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) authorities said
Tuesday they have arrested a notorious poacher in the world-famous
Maasai Mara Game Reserve and recovered elephant tusks worth KES 2 million.
Trans Mara KWS Warden William Kiptoo said his officers were carrying
out a clean-up operation when they sighted three poachers who were armed with
guns, with two of them managing to escape at Kawai area in Narok
Kiptoo said his officers arrested William Kinyamar at around 2 a.m.
local time on Tuesday after which they took him together with the 10 kg elephant
tusks in his possession to the Kilgoris police station.
"The arrest of the suspect is an achievement to us since he belongs
to a dangerous cartel that is involved in poaching of in the
Maasai Mara and we have launched a manhunt for his two accomplices,"
Kiptoo said that his officers have intensified patrols in order to
arrest all the poachers who are behind the killing of elephants in the
Maasai Mara in the recent past warning that their days are numbered and
that they will very soon face the full force of the law.
Kinyamar was on Tuesday brought before Kilgoris Resident Magistrate
Monica Munyendo accused of having been found in possession of elephant
tusks jointly with others not before the court.
Kinyamar was also accused of having been found in possession of an
illegal firearm on the same date jointly with others not before the
court at Kawai area after which he denied both charges and was released
on a bond and a surety of similar amount.
The case was set for mentioning on Jan. 3 and for hearing on Feb 3, 2014.