5K Chinese workers in Kenya a threat to wildlife

2014-08-08 08:03
(Ben Curtis, AP)

(Ben Curtis, AP)

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Nairobi - A Kenyan consumer lobby group says that 5 000 Chinese nationals who are coming to Kenya for the construction of a railway line pose a threat to the country's elephants.

Consumer Federation of Kenya official Steven Mutoro said on Thursday that conservationists have seen a rise in elephant poaching deaths in Kenya as the number of Chinese nationals in the country have risen.

Kenya recently signed an agreement with China to construct a standard-gauge railway from Nairobi to Mombasa. The line will cost $3.6bn and China will provide 90% of the funding. Construction is to begin on 1 October.

Mutoro said Kenyans should fill the construction jobs.

Demand for ivory in China is fueling Africa's rising poaching trade. Conservationists fear the ivory demand will drive elephants to extinction.

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