NAIROBI, Nov 7 (BERNAMA-NNN- KBC) -- Kenyan Attorney General Githu Muigai says the government plans to recruit 1,000 security officers as reinforcement for the newly formed anti-wildlife poaching elite unit.
Speaking at an environmental crime forum here Wednesday, Muigai also called on Kenya's Parliament to urgently enact the new Wildlife Act which will impose stiffer penalties against poachers.
Faced with a sharp rise in cases of elephant and rhino poaching, the Kenyan government formed an Elite Inter-Agency Anti-Poaching Unit composed of 121 officers to patrol the country's national parks and reserves.
The government's resolve to contain poaching appears as strong as ever with plans to further strengthen the elite unit underway.
Muigai, who was addressing an environmental crime forum at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters here, called for stiffer penalties for those convicted of wildlife crimes saying that more than 90 elephants have been reported killed this year alone.
Stakeholders in the fight against environmental crime called for co-ordinated efforts to deter such acts.
Environmental crime ranges from poaching, illegal trade on protected tree species and fishing among others.