Gilgil and Naivasha constituencies in Nakuru county are the main source of game meat being consumed in Nairobi's Burma Market, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has said.
According to KWS Assistant Director for Central Rift Region Aggrey Maumo, the service has recorded the most cases of arrests and such trades in the region, hence the conclusion.
He, however, noted that the service is working tirelessly to contain the situation.
“Our intelligence indicates that majority of the game meat that finds its way in Burma market is sourced from Naivasha and Gilgil and we are keen to contain this,” said Mr Maumo.
He added that the traders have been maximizing on the high number of animals wandering from the parks at Hells Gate and Mt Longonot national parks to kill and sell their meat.
To tame the vice, which he said is mostly targeting buffaloes and zebras, he said the service has established a special team to deal with the rogue businessmen involved.
“There are so many wild animals away from the parks and the ranches and the unscrupulous traders are taking advantage of this to kill them and sell the meat to unsuspecting customers,” he added.
He made the remarks after 200 kilos of the meat was nabbed in Naivasha on Tuesday, in an operation that also saw three suspects arrested over alleged involvement in game meat trade.