Kenya: Inquiry On Poaching to Be Created

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January 12, 2013

A commission of inquiry is to be set up into the rampant poaching of rhinos and elephants.

This follows the slaughter of a family of 12 elephants, including a 2 month old baby, in Tsavo East National Park last week.

The commission will consist of stakeholders from the tourism and conservation sectors,according to the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Dr. Noah Wekesa.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga said that security agencies "must treat the emerging poaching threat as part of the insecurity griping the country and not a wildlife issue to be addressed solely by the Kenya Wildlife Service."

He called upon the Internal Security ministry and the Treasury to address the equipment, personnel and logistical needs of the Kenya Wildlife Service to secure the parks and protect Kenya's wildlife.

Odinga also stressed that Kenya needs a "well coordinated, well-financed and properly designed crackdown on poachers", saying it would have to involve the police, the Tourism ministry, Interpol and other ministries.

In a statement issued by the Prime Minister's office on Wednesday, Raila Odinga also appealed to the international community to strengthen national and international policing to deal with wildlife trafficking.

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