A multi-agency team of security officers on Thursday arrested two suspected poachers in the Nkama area of Kajiado county with game meat.
The arresting team was led by Kajiado Kenya Wildlife Service investigation officers, who acted on intelligence reports from members of the public.
County KWS senior warden, Julius Cheruiyot, confirmed the arrest of the two suspects, saying they were found in possession of zebra and dik-dik meat weighing approximately 180kgs and half a kilogram respectively.
“The third suspect, who was riding a motorbike escaped the arrest. One of the suspects is a notorious poacher who has been involved in poaching activities for more than 10 years,” said Cheruiyot.
The KWS official said the second suspect, a 26-year-old man, had been arrested last year and arraigned where he pleaded guilty to the charge.
The suspect was sentenced to a five-year jail term without an option of a fine. It is not clear how he left prison.
Other recoveries confiscated from the two suspects by the multi-agency team on Thursday included two knives.
The suspects, according to Cheruiyot, will be arraigned on Friday.
Pushed to the hilt by the prevailing economic situation in the county under lockdown to contain the rising cases of Covid-19 infection, people have no choice but to feed on the easily available game meat.
Earlier on, before the spike in coronavirus, most game meat from Mashuuru, Isinya and other parts of the Kajiado Central sub-county would find its way to the Burma meat market in Nairobi.
Game meat is transported to different places on motorbikes to avoid police roadblocks.