Stop Forthwith Chinese Workers Influx Into Kenya To Save Our Jumbos!

Kenyan Jumbo under Chinese threat



New report links sharp rise in elephant poaching to influx of Chinese workers

The large number of Chinese workers employed in the construction industry in Kenya could be fuelling poaching and ivory smuggling, a report by four international conservation agencies has revealed.

The study says poaching is spreading primarily due to the rising demand for illegal ivory in the rapidly growing economies of Asia, particularly China and Thailand, which are the two major markets globally.

“The prevalence of unregulated domestic ivory markets in many African cities, coupled with the large number of potential Asian buyers residing in Africa associated with infrastructure projects and resource extraction operations, also fuel the demand for ivory,” the report adds.

The findings are from reports compiled by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) Programme, Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), the IUCN/SSC African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG), African and Asian Elephant Database, International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), expert consultations and a range of other sources.

Since China started investing in mega-construction projects in Kenya, the number of its citizens in the country has gone up significantly, and so has been the cases of poaching and ivory smuggling. (READ: Ministry urges MPs to prioritise Wildlife Bill)

However, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Nairobi, Mr Shifan Wu, said the findings of the international conversation agencies linking Asians or Chinese to poaching were not true.

“No Chinese company has been linked to poaching or any Asian people arrested in Kenya over poaching,” he said.

Mr Wu blamed rampant poaching and ivory smuggling to corruption within State agencies tasked with stopping the illegal business.

On Friday, Chinese ambassador to Kenya, Mr Liu Guanyuan, said the two countries would strengthen cooperation in wildlife conservation.

Mr Guanyuan, who met Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Prof Judy Wakhungu, said China attached great importance to wildlife conservation and its regulations were some of the stringent in the world.

The release of the latest report, ‘Elephants in the Dust, The African Elephant Crisis’, comes at a time poaching and ivory smuggling has reached unprecedented levels in Africa.

Kenya Wildlife Service director William Kiprono says poachers have killed at least 137 elephants and 24 rhinos in the last seven months.
Mr Kiprono said half of the endangered species were killed in the Tsavo conservancy, where poachers masquerade as herders. (READ: Special force set up to deal with poachers)

According to Cites secretary-general John Scanlon, results from monitoring and systematic surveys conducted under the Unep-hosted CITES treaty reveal that poaching levels have tripled in recent years, with several elephants killed every single hour of the day.

“Organised syndicates ship several tonnes of ivory at a time to markets in Asia, and hundreds of elephants are killed for every container sent,” he said.

Mr Scanlon said systematic surveys document a tripling in both poaching levels and the number of large-scale seizures of ivory intended for Asian markets over the last five years.

“At the Africa MIKE monitoring sites alone, an estimated 17,000 elephants were illegally killed in 2011 — a figure likely to be over 25,000 continent wide,” he said.

The alarming rate elephants and rhinos are being killed in Kenya has forced the government and other stakeholders to come up with measures to curb the menace.

In Laikipia, the fight against poaching is set to go hi-tech with the introduction of drones at Ol-Pejeta Sanctuary.

The government is also training an elite unit comprising of officers from GSU, regular police and KWS to help fight poaching.

ETIS statistics indicate that Kenya and Tanzania together accounted for 16 of the 34 large-scale ivory seizure cases recorded from 2009 through 2011. The total volume of ivory seized was 35 tonnes and accounts for 58 per cent of the ivory impounded during this period.
China and Thailand are the most implicated as destinations for illicit trade in ivory.

In terms of trade routes and transit countries or territories through which large quantities of ivory are flowing from Africa to Asian consumers, Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam are the paramount countries and territories of concern.

Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa are presently the countries of greatest concern when it comes to the source and exit points for large amounts of ivory leaving the continent.

All along the trade chains in these countries and territories, organised criminal syndicates are an active force undermining international and national regulations that prevent trade in ivory.

In sum, these nine countries and territories are the players most heavily implicated in the illegal trade in ivory currently, according to the ETIS report.

By einstein Posted in kenya

6 comments on “Stop Forthwith Chinese Workers Influx Into Kenya To Save Our Jumbos!

  1. Fellas,

    The Daily Nation does not allow its pictures/cartoons any more to be copy-pasted onto other blogs. The media censorship is here with us if I am right!

    I tried to copy-paste the toons on ‘blogs & opinion’ about Uhuru and the poaching biz without success from the Daily Nation new-look website.

    May be the Admin wants to try it too? [** Noted: Thanks for the heads up *** – Blog Admin]

    Here is the useless link:

    I am getting mad every fuacking day about Kenya!!!


  2. Chinese woman nabbed at JKIA with 6.9kg of ivory worth Sh1.2million


    Nairobi, Kenya: A Chinese woman was Wednesday night arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) with 6.9 kilos of ivory disguised as macadamia nuts valued at Sh1.2 million.

    The middle-aged woman was scheduled to travel to Hong Kong when police and other security officials stumbled on the ivory.

    Airport CID boss Joseph Ngisa said the woman is expected in court Wednesday.

    “We are trying to establish to know where she stayed and if there are more ivory,” said Ngisa.

    There is growing concern in Kenya over rising levels of poaching.

    So far, 190 elephants and 35 rhinos have been lost to poachers since the beginning of this year.

    The latest incident of poaching was reported last Friday at the Nairobi National Park a day after the government formed a special unit of security officers to boost the fight against wildlife poaching.


  3. China is finishing wildlife all over Africa, especially for ivory and rhino horn. Unfortunately we don’t care because (a) we actually think China is giving us something even though they are just taking and giving us a little from the proceeds of what they take, (b) the big people in Kenya are heavily involved and this has been the case from Kenyattas time when Mama Ngina led the operations, (c) the sad truth is that even though we make a lot of money and employ people for tourism, the majority of Kenyans don’t care and prefer to focus attention on tribal politics.

    One day we will wake up and realize that in truth the Chinese are even worse than old colonialists.


    • John & Others,

      I think blaming the Chinese for the poaching is not fair. The huge appetite they have for Ivory and Rhino horns is terrible for a country like Kenya but the poachers are Kenyans and their mercenary allies. Since every elephant can only offer two tusks they are killing hundreds to fill one container. The network of poachers is deep inside the power base and the police force. They are just harvesting the stuff with ease.

      The part where the Chinese are eating Kenyans alive are these new “Turn East” gimmick. I saw a deal in Moi University where the same Chinese firm has been allocated billions to do construction work. In one case they had to withdraw a deal already signed by a different company because the Chinese group offering the loan to build demanded that all the work be done by Chinese companies.

      The big gig in town now is to be a broker for Chinese companies and help them harvest contracts and get massive kick backs.

      The one area where this whole Chinese thing is a killer is that Chinese contractors employ Chinese ctizens to do all the work. The government has bent backward to accomodate that. So even though Kenya has endless supply of drivers, mechanics, labourers etc, all these have to be imported from China. Construction is one of the biggest creators of jobs in any economy. In Kenya that is not allowed under the new Chinese doctorine. That is a killer for our jobless youth.

      In a proper system the government should actually legislate provisions to force those who get construction projects to employ local folks and only bring people with skills not available.

      So the Chinese fund the projects (through loans) and get all the money back by employing their own citizens then the Kenyan taxpayer is on the hook for decades. Now wait for the Chinese firms with their local brokers to invade the mineral mining business.


  4. This is nonsense! China must go and now!!

    China to help fund anti-poaching war

    China has pledged to fund Kenya’s efforts to curb wildlife poaching.

    Speaking at a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof Judi Wakhungu, Chinese ambassador to Kenya Liu Guangyuan said his country would give Kenya a grant, which he did not specify, to protect the elephant, rhino and other endangered species.

    The pledge comes in the wake of renewed efforts by the Kenyan authorities to totally eradicate poaching.

    The government has already formed a special unit to fight the menace, with China, the United States and UK among the countries funding it.

    Last week, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta launched the “Hands off Elephants” campaign to spearhead the protection of elephants.

    Speaking during the meeting with Prof Wakhungu, the Chinese envoy urged Kenya to strengthen wildlife conservation measures and severely punish poachers.

    China’s anti-poaching laws are some of the most stringent in the world, with offenders often getting life imprisonment.

    Expressing Kenya’s wish to join hands with other nations in combating illegal ivory and rhino horn trade, Prof Wakhungu praised China for its consistent measures and actions towards the enforcement of wildlife conservation laws.

    The Kenya Wildlife Service says Kenya lost 384 elephants and 29 rhino to poachers last year alone. This year, 190 elephants and 34 rhinos have been killed.

    Last month, a huge consignment of ivory was impounded in Mombasa.

    The ivory, weighing 3.3 metric tonnes and valued at Sh65 million, was concealed in gunny sacks and declared as groundnuts bound for Malaysia.

    The consignment comprised 382 whole pieces and 62 cut pieces of ivory.

    The seizure came barely two months after customs officials in the United Arab Emirates seized 259 pieces of ivory shipped from Mombasa.


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