By Alloys Musyoka, The Star
TWO suspected poachers were arrested by Kenya Wildlife Service officers at Mkongani in Kwale with 17 kilograms of elephant tusks worth Sh600,000 on Friday. Samai Hamisi and Masoud Josa are said to be among other poachers who have been on the run, evading KWS officers’ traps.
KWS deputy director for community affairs in Kwale, Dadley Tsiganyiu, said the two were arrested after members of the public tipped them. Addressing journalists in his office on Friday, Tsiganyiu said Hamisi and Josa were arrested with six elephant tusks.
They are said to have been looking for market for the tusks. “The two have been playing hide and seek with our officers and are dangerous because they are among other groups of poachers operating in this area,” Tsiganyiu said.
He warned the remaining group of poachers and anyone dealing in the illegal business that they will soon be brought to book. Tsiganyiu said those living around Shimba Hills National Park should co-operate with KWS officers in stemming poaching, which has seen many elephants killed across the country.