Shoot to Kill: VICE Investigates the Kenya Wildlife Service

Shoot to Kill: VICE Investigates the Kenya Wildlife Service


Lokhande last year check $1 for two an avenue Kyoko Pooja it is not belief we can demonstrate that the government is actively suppressing information that will lead to the capture of government office acid do you think that there is a culture of impunity that exists within the Kenya Wildlife Service I’m not answering your question I’m asking if the Kenya watch out where this will investigate I’ve had enough of use of piss off [Music] [Music] we’re never be nice to bug we’re bout to see what a hundred bucks of ivory looks like this is history’s largest over ivory burn organized by the Kenya Wildlife Service to usher in an end to the lucrative global trade it’s the work of Kenyan born conservationist dr. Richard Leakey who’s done more than anyone to preserve the nation’s wildlife ivory traded legally will encourage the illegal trade his return to chair the kws after a 20-year hiatus and his global influence has attracted the attention of the world celebrities including Liz Hurley are here along with US ambassador Bob Kodak and the former Deputy Secretary of State had the Higginbottom this is a pretty insane spectacle for an environmental organization 105 tons of ivory up in flames and that smell is accurate it’s a powerful statement to the watching media the century with hundreds of press in attendance this is the public face of the kws which patrols Kenya’s national parks to protect its elephants and rhinos and does so with the support of the West but none of those invited to attend to possibly know the hundreds of miles away beyond the spectacle innocent people are allegedly being killed by the Kenya Wildlife Service [Music] I was born in conservation we could see 500 or 400 alphas just roaming close by [Music] around races for air because I’ve been wet shall win this war [Music] we’re on patrol with Kenya Wildlife Service Rangers and we’re hoping to catch a small glimpse of what it means to be in a war on poaching it’s a difficult and dangerous job between two or three ranges are killed by poachers each year and if they see a suspect they’re authorized to use lethal force in cases whereby you come across indicators that is poaching of likely poaching or sampled with a gun and we don’t know your business I think you will be in for it you’ll be killed I’d say we can get more customers [Music] since 1989 the Kenya Wildlife Service has had a shoot-to-kill policy Rangers trained by the British and US military are authorized to kill armed poachers who set foot inside its national parks it’s controversial but it’s been effective and they’re backed by dozens of Western NGOs and partners but the kws sometimes strays outside of the parks and into neighboring roads and villages they claim these communities are harboring poachers they have no powers to kill here but the villagers believe they’re behind dozens of mysterious abductions and disappearances and many of the victims they say are completely innocent dr. Leakey implemented the shoot-to-kill policy in 1989 dr. Richard Leakey doesn’t mind being called the ranbir the conservationist as long as it scares off the poachers and with his return the community’s hoped he would bring the Rangers under control why have you decided to return I came back with an intent to clean house and I was brought back to do just that the president of Kenya asked me to serve as chairman for three years and to use my influence and experience and connections to try and put the thing back on his feet and I think it’s rapidly getting on to its feet what qualities do you think are necessary to be the leader of the organization I think you need strong leadership you need impeccable integrity you cannot have a skeleton in your cupboard in terms of mismanagement or financial impunity but two weeks after Leakey’s appointment in May 2015 eyewitnesses accused kws Rangers of picking up three men traveling on a road outside marine National Park they were never seen again and for the communities this was the last straw they decided to stage a protest to draw a leak his attention to the disappearances but it didn’t end peacefully a local official told us what happened next look when you last year tearing of cumin a nanny Razia tan who know a vagina will tune election gradually could you hypo or let her Mali happen long bamboo see now Cano a vagina about you can Amanda manually coup de Vaca half oh I love what Jack a devil is for Q and a blue key worker Kuja I was shoot a bigger a vagina never look quirky Jana Maria now could even vagina community they will even be limited some work a Kasai upon our vision and behold upon this link he was short and he was lying on bed and his lady this one salad was shortened in the right leg yeah and also a dizzy man was shot here good shot here was there any warning before they started they didn’t give us any warning they start shooting up afterward and the aeroplane came down it’s like giving them orders then they fired at us we ran but they are firing still people from the West from America from England think that the kws is a good organization it protects the animals well call a policing by Haji Ali Ali Messiah on H attack coordination I’m a communication from the Leakey the kws said it was present at the demo but denied shooting into the crowd making the situation unclear but we found a police officer who is called to the scene and he backed up the claims of the protesters he didn’t want to be identified for fear of reprisals 5270 so that suggests that they were just spraying automatically it was it was you see it was late from the look of the things they were it was just like it was amended this internet you see over the side can you think of any operational reason why the Kenya Wildlife Service would fire an automatic assault rifle obviously did you find any spent cartridges on the other side did you find any signs at all that they were armed on the other side and so if it was the Kenya Wildlife Service firing into an unarmed crowd as as they’ve told us that would not be a proportionate response the 18 year old who was killed was Mohammad Abdu bird uber a cattle herder and one of several bystanders caught in the shooting along with three of his animals we spoke to his father Yana now I can only join the bank is going to say Lauren Armand Assante ofany a convenience a collaborative revenue [Music] the longer we stayed in kenner the more people came forward with their stories of injury and abduction they want compensation so they can pay their hospital bills but the kws has consistently denied involvement and to date no ranger who stood trial for the protest shooting [Music] a few weeks after the protest one of the organizers Mohammed Sheikh Abdullah he became the next man to be allegedly abducted we’re in SEO lo to meet died yusuf a local kenyan journalist who’s been investigating disappearances in the region hey dad could you give us a little background about Mohammed’s disappearance according to the family who were traveling from middle heading seno then when they were followed by a vehicle they suspected and then Mohammed conferred with the system with his wife and brother that we’re being followed I stopped the mother the wife said yes he stopped and then he was taken out of their car bundled into another vehicle but before then he told his wife that if I disappear the puzzles were taking me a kws since then the family have tried to go to cut find justice in different levels of the government but that has not been a guess why do you think it was the Kenya Wildlife Service who took Muhammad why Minister sekiya if one was thinking what if this yeah she was only forty station you it was a lonely okay that leaves come do you believe he may still be alive somewhere is not a project to just a businessman Muhammad’s family took the kws to court over his disappearance but the kws denied all involvement and the case stalled we quickly realized that despite dozens of accusations disappearance cases rarely made it to court and convictions were unheard of we wanted to know why so we went to meet the family’s lawyer police initially cooperated fully with the family we had information from Criminal Investigations Department in Moroni zero that Mohammed was last seen with known kws officers the last telephone contacts twist them together that information was undisputed so you have evidence obtained from the police that clearly shows that the Kenya Wildlife Service was responsible for the scepter beyond out including the neighborhood kws officer when we provided that information in court this Safari the court order Safaricom to come and bring that information following that is the point at which now Caleb Lewis denied you believe the government is actively obstructing the production of crucial data that would link the kws believe it is not belief we can demonstrate that the government is actively suppressing provision of information that will lead to the capture of government offices involved in murderous activities and why do you believe in the government want to suppress this information it will expose the extent of the disappearances we do not wish to provide that information because it will open a Pandora’s box [Music] frustrated by the lack of justice Muhammad’s brother Arden and his wife Mulkey decided to show us the spot where Mohammed was abducted there were several kilometers outside the National Park when it happened and they wanted us to understand what they’ve been through [Music] they’ll talk us to do you talk I sell open water that’s a Muhammad Ali ungalik was said miracle on the Kuna Gary Nanak Ibiza sonica ma become okuno Godinho cooking business with Zimmerman bassy Muhammad Ali prophet a man a non-work as mama shaker have to happen the kike initial millon de la escena born at the Agora heap in the corner Muhammad when as a Quaker bingo Nicole is emoticon in una chica a mutant Erica be more vocal Amanda to Netaji come above the satin aluminum gets eaten in patio Canada to Kentucky to attack a la main work of pocket wah-wah logicoma Wallen [Music] when we saku-dono can become a c-collar Kenya and at what aluminum sanandana in boyega remember to deny the katana nyla Halima Liam it what happened and evocative music epic ammo hula Mikasa Atika moonship wanna you too Pelican Mahalo stay in a circle echo rajapalayam due to an attacker what were chastity para para security Calvo War era want me to coach achromatic a Latina me what embossing was riveted a metal not to join Mohammed [Music] as word of our investigation spread we were soon receiving calls from all over Kenya alleging more crimes committed by the kws with crazy situation we’re finding ourselves in we’re getting phone calls from MPs from senior officials in the communities around Mero National Park around SEO low who are all saying that it’s not just Kenner it’s it’s many communities all over the place that many people are being disappeared they’re being maimed are being tortured and they’re all saying the same thing to us that the Kenya Wildlife Service is committing these crimes and it’s not being brought to both it’s a last day in Nairobi and we’re heading back to Richard Leakey’s office to ask him about the abuses allegedly committed by the kws we travelled to some of the communities around Mary National Park that are alleged to have been involved in poaching what we found were people who said that they had been intimidated in some cases tortured and disappeared by the Kenya Wildlife Service are you familiar with those accusations well yes I’ve heard their stories and I think a number of people on the Calvinist side were picked up and indicted for that and I certainly as chairman would not allow that to happen the Kenya Wildlife Service has always denied the accusations do you mean to say that you believe that they have been involved in disappearances fact is that men with weapons who are feeling very frustrated because they can’t get caught convictions and they can’t get this and they can’t you then sometimes foolishly immorally wrongly take the law into their own hands and that should never happen but it has happened and I’m sure it will happen again but we want to make sure it happens less and less as we go forward some of the incidents have happened while you’ve been challenged some of them as recent as May and June last year don’t you feel accountable for well I feel I feel accountable of the Kenya Wildlife Service but I think there has already been an investigation I don’t think the results were sufficiently conclusive I don’t think it was handled properly last me the director who was in the office at that time did go on me to talk a lot of people and I understand that the conclusion was not satisfactory that directors never works Russell but you have the power and the authority to reinstate a new director-general so you have the authority to ensure that these investigations are properly conducted no I don’t have the power I’m not an executive chairman I’m chairman of the board the executive function lies solely with the director general and his staff and ministry Chairman’s of boards don’t have hands on responsibility for incidents of that kind and the only thing you could do they make absolutely certain a the training is improved to the vigilance is sustained and three if you find incidents of this kind you jump on it pretty hard and and you make it absolutely clear that sort of behavior is unacceptable is this a priority for the Director General and stuff well I think it’s one of many priorities my friend how long have you known about the alleged human rights violations oh ah has he been in my mind every day since I became chairman no but as soon as I learned about it I insisted the director up and deal with it but I was not given a report that was satisfactory in terms of being a conclusion it was confirmed that there had been these allegations it was confirmed that people had acted inappropriately but more than that I have no personal knowledge do you think it’s hypocritical to stage an event that glorifies the work of the kws when you know what’s going on behind closed doors I think that’s a typically um sensational media question if you were suggesting that we shouldn’t have tried to stop the ivory trade where people do get killed and violations do occur because we’re still worrying about an incident that happened before my watch you know about chopping cheese I don’t agree with your point that it’s sensational because in kenner alone we’ve heard from testimony that suggests that a pair as many as 14 disappearances from surrounding communities the message is the same do you think that there is a culture of impunity that exists within the Kenya Wildlife Service no no I don’t think there’s a culture of impunity whatsoever has there been in the past further than what’s changed I’ve come back as chairman and I have a new director general who you say has no special provision stop the discussion now I’ve had enough of use of piss off you told us that mr. Leakey you told us when we lost came here that you were a man of integrity I’m not – you told us that the leader of AWS needs to be a man of integrity here for sensational you know I’m not answering your question I’m asking if the Kenya Wildlife Service will investigate is over is there a human price to pay for animal conservation across the history is that an acceptable price to pay do you believe that’s an acceptable price to pay miss bleakness [Music] [Music] [Music]

100 thoughts on “Shoot to Kill: VICE Investigates the Kenya Wildlife Service”

  1. The Kenya Wildlife Service has a 'shoot to kill' policy — rangers aren't just armed, they're also authorized to kill any suspected poachers who enter Kenya's national parks.

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  2. Good documentation! VICE could have discussed some of the reasons for conflict between the rangers and local communities as mentioned by Binagwaho Gakunju. The documentation was in that aspect very monotone. Even though I really enjoyed it and found it shocking!

  3. I'm all for shooting poachers, but not innocent people. VICE you did a horrible job "hiding" the rangers identity! I hope he didn't get killed!

  4. If there are armed and violent men externinating the last of a species of course there will be a human cost, but which is worth more, One of the last few thousand gorillas, elephants, etc or some dirt poor shithead with an ak and a mean streak? And when kenya is corrupt as any african nation and the ivory trade is pulling hundreds of thousands of course the police are going to have to bust a few eggs on the down low away from their bribed higher ups. Stop being such massive pussies and realise that these people are a threat to an entire species which we could easily never see agaim.

  5. completely shit documentary. richard leakey is a hero and so are the brave rangers in our wildlife service. poachers are scum and their paymasters should hang as well. these people are not being targeted out of a 'whim'. they are well known and our broken justice system lets them get bail each time they are arrested because their corrupt paymasters are chums with the judges and grease the palms of prosecutors. same problem we have with known terrorists getting bail. then when all the elephants are dead and a mall is shot up the world freaks out and issues travel advisories to kenya, thousands lose their livelihood… theres two sides to a story vice

  6. I don't blame him getting those questions and having enough, and its not his task to determine the morality and if the 'human' cost' is acceptable.

  7. Absolutely sensationalist and superficial in my opinion. Though the conflict derived from a shoo-to-kill (and desperate) policy in an african country like Kenya is very interesting to analyze, investigation has been cleary driven with preconceptions. Not very objective. SHort, easy and chewed. Typical Vice's style (and american tv new's, indeed)

  8. Exposing things is what journalists do, can't blame them it's just their job.
    And btw vice covers better than the biased vox

  9. The poachers deserves what he gets
    The media is always critizing kenya's government to reduce poaching. And they achieve it in a way that they don't like it

  10. The conservationist is ok with saving animals who don’t even care for us even if people are killed and violated. Why don’t they live with these animals if they love them so much.

  11. Human beings are infinitely more valuable than elephants. Sure, elephants should be protected, but not at the cost of human life. Humans are not animals. Humans are made in the image of God. If people are found breaking poaching laws, arrest them, prosecute them, but a human being should not be killed for the sake of the life of an animal.

  12. I support men in green proud of kenyan wildlife men
    all poachers should be beheaded that too slowly

  13. Let's entertain the thought that this could be happening… why would the KWS be abducting, torturing or killing innocents? What would they gain from doing this?

  14. Poachers finished all rhinos meny animals are gone soo far
    Now must protect whats remaining at all cost

  15. The KWS is sounding more like the KGB. This is a crying shame and the government needs to use its power to clean things up and maintain it thereafter. People given authority and power need oversight or they are paid bullies and murderers.

  16. Talk about one sided journalism. There was clearly an agenda to sensationalize these few incidents and depict the kws as corrupt. In the words of Mr Trump " fake news".

  17. Africa should also learn how to use th as t thing called birth control stop having kids that they cant afford them expect aid from the west

  18. to hear Richard Leakey say "piss off" is what I came here for!
    other than than all you western media coming to "investigate" african "problems", hahahaha, good luck. just eat your grants with your fixers and go back home (hopefully you won't catch malaria and leave your dirty soul in some hospital somewhere..) you will never get to the centre, let alone the bottom. you are scratching the surface of a sinkhole my friends, the day you will fall in you will regret leaving your metropolises. africa is too complicated for you to understand, and you are all too clever to humble yourself enough to SEE the glaring truths. but thank you for winding up Leakey, haha, good for a laugh. and for all that forex you bring when you come to do your silly stories. smdh!

  19. Those Kenyans look like Somalians to me and why is that all Muslims in Africa and around the World are fine with living in filth?. Why is that?. I mean real filth, they don't have any self respect or what?. I dont understand their minds. Another attempt at a hatchet piece by VICE and their liberal left mindset. TIA! get the fuck out if you can't handle it.

  20. A lot of people didn't watch the video at all. Long story short, Kenya gov is using the KWS (which is funded by foreign countries and nonprofits) as a weapon to maintain a dictatorship like many African countries with shady business and conflicts.

  21. if its so rare why the fuck would you light it on fire supply and demand people demand it more they will find it illegally or legally your just fucking the elephants

  22. We only have very few beautiful creatures such as Rhinos and Elephants left in the world, we have far too many evil greedy scumbag human beings already. Should poachers be shot on sight? Hell yes, then their bodies should be hung up as a warning to others. No more of this softly softly half measure PC bullshit.

  23. Good. Kill anyone in range. Elephants no go Zone . Humans stay the F out. And screw the missing equivocating Vice news in this particular instance. I count on you to report the facts. And to abstain from appropriating the drama of one species of billions. 95% of the genes for elephants can be found in the genes of other mammals. They're not a miracle. They're an accident like everything else that happens on this planet

  24. This presenter journalist has no idea about Africa and should never report on this continent again evident by this shallow attempted effort of a story that speaks nothing to the actual issues

  25. It's almost an inevitability that when you give a number of people weapons and training to guard or protect an area, eventually some bad people will join. Look at border patrol, they arrested a serial killer who was an agent just 2 months ago. Or look at the Golden State Killer, he was a cop when the killings started. Not saying that weapons and tactics drive people to horrible crimes, but it does attract those with loose morals.

  26. Amen! They should execute every poacher and those assholes that buy animals in south Africa just to release into a fenced in area just to shoot and feel like they hunted something, I am 100% pro hunter but only if you are shooting a legal animal that you are going to clean and eat yourself, I hope they kill as many poachers as they can!

  27. A lot of sensationalism from that vice reporter but its part of HBO so its expected. The 'shoot to kill' order is ill advised and against the Kenyan law. You are innocent until proven guilty. The KWS has been doing a good job in recent years as elephant numbers are on the rise. But the officers going around shooting innocent individuals should take care lest they become the monsters they swore to fight. As Mark Twain said, " If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."

  28. Burning the ivory just multiplied the demand of killing more elephants. While if they sold them the poachers don’t make money because the market is flooded of stockpile of ivory and rhino horn. The buyers are flooded with stock there is no demand. Prices will be lowered then there will be no insensitive poaching.

  29. Wow. So he admitted what happened was all him killing human beings and poor animals this old shity mans hand tasted blood

  30. Corruption in an African government?! NO! NEVER! I won’t believe it! It’s a scandal!

    P.S. Kenya is a complicated place, lot of history, lot of hate….maybe try to get to some of that next time, unless it’s just too complicated for New Vice

  31. just seems like lone wolf type attacks to me, doesn't make sense that the KWS would risk that, but i think low rank officers would

  32. the wwf has been around asking for donations recently. next time I see them I'm going to let them know what's up

  33. the guy at the end is fucking right of course there is a human price there always is if you want to change a major criminal industry

  34. FUCK the poachers, tribal or not. these are the same type of pussy drek who murder, rape, fuck children and kill babies. Kill them without mercy. You dont want to die, get the fuck out of the way. drama queen VICE drivel.

  35. lets burn the rare ivory it and pollute the air the animals totally died for nothing now UNBELIEVABLE. and people are too impatient to wait for the animal to die naturally to get the ivory Africa needs to figure out other ways to make money then it will stop.

  36. "Is there a human price to pay for animal conversation?"
    "Yes. Idiot."
    Whatever might be criticised about the old guy, this is a crystal clear, logical answer.
    Hey Vice, I know you and your 'woke' millennial base don't want to accept reality if it doesn't conform to the fantasies of your idealized 'safe space'. But listen, poaching is committed by HUMANS against animals. So if you want to protect the animals, you have to harm the humans (economically or physically) and vice versa. It would be awesome if they could all get together – poachers, animals, forest rangers- and eat avocado toast and sing kumbaya, but that day hasn't arrived yet.

  37. Politics shouldn't come into it. They are endangered animals and the policy of shoot to kill is fine. If you hunt a deer or something fine, eat it and use the bones and antlers, but not hunting endangered animals and just to saw off their tusks or horns and leaving the body.

  38. Mahammed alijuaje n KWS inakimbiza yeye, sababu alikua anauwa madovu, pwagu apata pwaguzi. Pa'ali ya security ndo inafaa

  39. I am tired seeing elephants, rhinos, lions and all African wildlife that are poached daily. I don’t give a fuck about the poachers whining there is a shoot to kill policy and people (poachers) disappearing from there village. So sorry, so sad. It’s about time poachers are being taken out. Look at the pictures of the thousands of elephant and rhino brutally murdered and the babies witnessing there mothers and family being slaughtered. You fucking pitiful bitches are scared and are angry you are being taken out finally. What’s in my mind when I see a poacher dead or alive is them taking a axe to a live rhino’s face and brutality hacking the horn off and taking half the face off. And some survive but are dying slowly with half a face unless they are found by the rangers. The poor babies crying next to there dead mother that rhino cry is horrible to hear and so sad. But that’s what I see when i see a poacher. I have no mercy for you, the rangers have no mercy for u. When u have seen the brutality for years with the dead wildlife and orphans traumatized. There is no sympathy for poachers. They deserve the same death the wildlife got. Shoot to kill, u don’t want to get killed than stay out the damn reserves and stay away from the wildlife.

  40. violent… check, territorial… check, a single herd will decimate a farm of crops in one night… check, will attack unprovoked… check, 6,000 pounds and can run 25 miles per hour…check, can make homes for deadly insects… check, defecates everywhere… check: lets preserve these things. African poachers kill them for food, money, and survival: shoot on site.

  41. Yes, it's an acceptable price to pay.There are 7 billion humans on the planet.
    Some of these animals are on the brink of extinction. You cannot undo the extinction of a whole species. Do what must be done.

  42. This is what happens when you have a big government value the wellbeing of animals over people…..its really sad

  43. The officer blessed yall with an interview and just asked not to be identified and yall fucked tht up tht camera should have been pointed at the ground tht entire time there arent many officers in tht area for one im sure and the blur was hlf assed he will be easily identified if he is still alive yall should compensate him very generously for your negligence when he was very cooperative to help you. And uk yall made good $ with this and all your other content. Ive seem yalls docos where you were following and interviewing drug dealers and the producer/makers of the product and yall tlked abt how u payed them generously to show u inside the operations, these ppl r much more deserving.

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