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BY CORRESPONDENT,NYANDARUA,11TH AUG 2019-Detectives in Nyandarua have recovered 100 kilogrammes of elephant tusks valued at Sh10 million .
The recovery was made by officers who posed as customers, following a tip-off from the public. During the late Saturday’s incident, police nabbed a male suspect aged 42-year-old, while another escaped.
“The suspect is in lawful custody,” Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said, “He will be arraigned”
A manhunt was launched for the suspect on the run, even as they seek to dismantle the syndicate poaching across the country.
Kenya’s national elephant population is estimated to be 35,000 having increased by 119 percent over a period of 30 years from 16,000 elephants in 1989.
While cases of poaching have drastically reduced, largely due to concerted efforts by Government and conservationists, who have seen hefty fines introduced across the world, the menace has entirely been eliminated.
The government has been on the fore front discouraging poaching with all those arrested being charged and given punitive sentences.
War on poaching was ignited by former president Daniel Moi back in 1989,when he lead the nation in setting a blaze twelve tons of elephant tusks.
President Uhuru Kenyattta has also led similar exercise .In 2016, over 100 tonnes of Ivory and Rhino horns were burnt down with president Kenyatta talking tough . “Kenya is making a statement that for us ivory is worthless unless it is on our elephants,” he said at the time.