(Xinhua) -- The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said
Wednesday they are interrogating three suspects in connection with
wildlife crimes after being arrested in separate incidents across
Paul Udoto, KWS Corporate
Communications Manager, said one suspect was arrested in Nakuru
linked with a rhino which was killed on July 30 in Lake Nakuru
“A 3006 rifle and six pieces of curved
ivory were recovered,” said Udoto, who also expressed optimism that
it was a matter of time before they caught up with the other
suspects who had shot dead the rhino.
Meanwhile, Udoto said two Tanzanian
men were arrested in Kilgoris in northwest Kenya near the
Kenya-Tanzania border for illegally having five large cut pieces and
a small piece of ivory, all weighing 40kg.
Rampant poaching incidents have forced
KWS to embrace the use of modern technologies under its force
modernization program to counter the problem and other
KWS says it has introduced the Canine
Unit with sniffer dogs on a 24-hour basis at the Jomo Kenyatta
International Airport in Nairobi and Moi International Airport in
Mombasa to detect movements of illegal ivory.
This, according to the wildlife
agency, has effectively led to reduced smuggling of illegal
Stiffer penalties related to wildlife
crime have been incorporated under the proposed wildlife law to
deter poaching-related cases and incidents in Kenya.