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Two arrested in Eastleigh with rhino horns

Two suspects have been arrested at Nairobi’s Eastleigh area in possession of two rhino horns.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) acting head of corporate communications, Paul Jinaro, confirmed the incidence.

Paul said that KWS law enforcement officers arrested the two at around 9 AM on Saturday.

The KWS official said that the two, a Somali woman, and a man whose identity and nationality is yet to be identified were being tracked by agencies for the last three months.

They were later taken to KWS headquarters by detectives for further interrogation.

They were also found with papers used for making fake Kenyan currency at the time of the arrest.

According to the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013, handling wildlife trophies is an offense punishable by the law.

The law puts a penalty of Sh20 million fine or life imprisonment or both for offenses against the endangered species like rhinos.

The arrest of the two happens a few days after Kenya joined the rest of the world in celebrating the World Rhino Day.

The day is commemorated on September 22, with the focus being on the five species of Rhino, which are the Black, White, Sumatran, Javan, and Greater one-horned Rhino.

Tourism CS Najib Balala had on that day noted that the population of black rhinos in Kenya has increased from less than 400 in 1985 to 794 by 2019 because of the government efforts to protect them.

He warned that the government would not rest until wildlife poaching is stopped.

There are 27,200 rhinos globally, with Kenya ranking fourth with the highest number of rhinos after South Africa, Namibia, and India.

According to CS Balala, by 2019, there were a total of 1,441 Rhinos, which include 794 black, 645  white, and two Nothern white rhinos.

He also disclosed that there were 45 new births this year and maintained that the State cant relax.

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