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Kenya, Tanzania step up war on poaching, terrorism, drugs


Presidents Jakaya Kikwete (left) and Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO | SAMUEL MIRING'U

Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to scale up joint onslaughts against poaching, terrorism and drug trafficking.

Elephant and rhino poaching has become a big concern in East Africa, affecting tourism which is a key foreign exchange earner.

Experts estimate Africa’s elephant population has fallen by more than 60 per cent over the past decade. More than 30,000 elephants are killed every year in Africa, many of them to meet demand for ivory from Asian nations.

Most seized savannah elephant tusks came from a region spanning parts of southeastern Tanzania and northern Mozambique.

Drug trafficking is also a growing concern in East Africa following recent huge seizures. The region is largely a transit point to other parts of Africa and beyond. Click here to read the full report.

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