(Medeshi)- MoFA- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has set fire to 15 tonnes of elephant ivory in a ceremony in Nairobi’s National Park, as part of Kenya’s efforts to curb poaching.
The ivory, with a black market value of $30m was the largest consignment to be destroyed in Kenya. Pointing out that many of these tusks belonged to elephants which had been wantonly slaughtered by criminals, the President said that "Twenty-five years after the historic banning of the ivory trade, demand from the emerging markets once again threatens Africa's elephants and rhinos." He said poachers and their enablers would not have the last word in Kenya: “We want future generations of Kenyans, Africans and indeed the entire world to experience the majesty and beauty of these magnificent animals”. Kenya is home to an estimated 30,000 elephants, and President Kenyatta promised the government would destroy the country's entire stockpile of ivory, thought to amount to another 115 tonnes by the end of the year. He said “We are committed to combating the menace robustly and persistently until we dismantle this entire vile economy”. -MoFA