The Principal Secretary for the State Department for Wildlife Prof. Fred Segor warns that those found with game meat risk stiff penalties.
Prof. Segor further says killing of wildlife remains a serious crime under the Kenyan law that could lead one found to have breached to face a life imprisonment.
‘If you are found guilty of poaching, you could be fined over Ksh. 20 million or a jail term of 30 years or both”, the PS warned.
He made the remarks 10th, June 2021 after presiding over a tree planting activity to recover Kibirong wetland area in Aldai in Nandi County. The exercise was organized by the Environmental Ombudsman which was represented by its Secretary Dr. John Chumo.
The P.S urged residents to keep off gazetted wetlands and other protected areas which play host to wildlife species, adding that concerned agencies will evict illegal settlers and reclaim such areas.
Prof. Segor revealed that in the last wildlife census, it was found that Kenya has only 1000 endangered sitatunga antelopes only found in Nandi and Trans Nzoia counties, and said the ongoing wildlife census would be concluded soon.
The Secretary to the Environmental Ombudsman Dr. John Chumo said the agency targets to plant over 300,000 seedlings in Nandi County within this tree planting season.
He revealed that the country’s tree cover currently stands at 7.2 percent against the world’s target of 10 percent, but said Kenya could achieve the target by the close of next year if the public heeded the government’s call.