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KWS arrests two women poachers

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY WANJOHI GAKIO

Two poachers have been arrested by police in Marmanet Forest in Laikipia by the Kenya Wildlife Service. The two women suspects were arrested when they tried to sell ivory worth Sh200,000 to KWS officers who were posing as customers.

The suspects were selling two tusks weighing 12 kg at a cost of Sh30,000 per kilogramme. Rumuruti game warden in-charge Eric Aduda said they found out about the ivory syndicate and laid an ambush.

He said the two were locked up at Rumuruti Police Station waiting to be arraigned in court. Aduda decried the rising cases of poaching in the forest and warned criminals that KWS officers would take stern action against them.

He said they had deployed officers in all areas where the vice is frequently perpetrated. Aduda said they have lost several elephants due to poaching.