KWS says 3 poachers set to be sentenced over possession of illegal bushmeat

Kenya Wildlife Service
Kenya Wildlife Service

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said three poachers who were arrested by its security officers over the weekend were arraigned in a Voi court on Monday where they pleaded guilty for being in possession of illegal assorted bushmeat.

KWS said in a statement released on Monday evening that the court will give its ruling on June 28 after the security officers seized the meat belonging to wildlife.

The KWS security team arrested the three at a ranch in the coastal region along the border of Taita Taveta and Kilifi counties.

It said two other suspects escaped and the security team has launched a manhunt to apprehend them.

The security team also seized hunting tools, torches and three motorcycles, indicating the operation only occurs at night.

It said the arrest was a culmination of a continuing multi-agency operation to root out bushmeat poachers.

KWS said its working with stakeholders to put in place mechanisms to eradicate all forms of wildlife crime, particularly poaching.

These mechanisms, according to KWS, include enhanced community education, interagency collaboration, intensive intelligence-led operations. Enditem

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