Ivory worth Ksh1. 4M recovered in Kajiado County (Kenya)
Beth Nyaga, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
July 15, 2021
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in Kajiado has recovered four pieces of
elephant tusks hidden in a bush in Torosei area, Kajiado Central.
Weighing 14 kilograms and estimated at a street value of Ksh 1.4 million,
the ivory was discovered by locals who informed their area Chief.
KWS County Warden Vincent Ongwae said the ivory is suspected to have been
sneaked into the country through the border, as there had been no reported
cases of elephants killed in the recent past.
“Residents found the ivory and informed the Chief who alerted us. We
suspect it must have been sneaked in from Tanzania,” said Ongwae.
Ongwae said the poachers who were ferrying the tusks for sale in the
country hid them in the bush after locals discovered them. He added that so
far no one had been arrested but they were following leads with the help of
residents to nab the poachers involved. He commended Torosei residents for
reporting about the ivory adding that his office is committed to ensuring
cases of poaching are eliminated.
The County Warden further revealed that KWS has released Ksh13 million as
compensation for wildlife attack victims in Kajiado County. Ongwae said 65
people who were victims of wildlife attacks from 2014 to 2017 had started
receiving compensation. He added that compensation for other victims who
were affected after 2017 was ongoing and urged all those affected to be
“Those compensated were either directly attacked by wild animals or lost
their livestock through wildlife attacks from 2014 to 2017. Others who were
attacked after 2017 will also receive their compensation after the
validation process is complete. We urge them to be patient,” said Ongwae.
He assured locals that KWS was committed to resolving human-wildlife
conflict in the area and urged them to provide timely reports to their
offices in case of wildlife attacks to ensure a fast response.