One More Held in Tsavo Probe on Poaching

One more suspect has been arrested in connection with the poaching of five elephants at Tsavo West National park.

This brings to three the number arrested and held at the Taveta police station.

A team of Kenyan and Tanzanian authorities is tracking down poachers believed to have escaped to Tanzania.

Kenya Wildlife Services assistant director in charge of Tsavo Robert Obrien said the third suspect was arrested at Loitokitok.

“We cannot reveal details because it will jeopardise investigations,” he told the Star on the phone.

The elephants were killed on Monday in Tsavo West National Park.

On Tuesday, the joint operation involving KWS, police and Tanzanian wildlife authorities found five carcasses with tusks missing.

In a press release on Wednesday, KWS said the search led to the arrest of two suspects in Loitoktok.

The suspected gang is believed to be four Tanzanians who operate on the Tanzania-Kenya border, assisted by some Kenyans.

The suspects are believed to have used motorcycles to escape with the tusks.

A blood-stained axe, Akala shoes, a panga, a sack and a hacksaw were found in one of the houses belonging to a suspect.

The incident happens at a time when illegal grazers have invaded the Tsavo West National park.

Herders from Northeastern have driven thousands of livestock into the park after the Taita Taveta government on Tuesday last week told them to stop illegal grazing.

“The herders have moved to hide inside the park, waiting for things to cool down. They usually do this when the county government threatens to confiscate cows grazing in the region illegally,” Donald Mombo said.

He is the Taita Taveta Rancher’s Association coordinator.