Monday, February 18, 2019

imageThe Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu has reiterated the Government’s commitment to protect our wildlife, by recruiting more personnel to boost security and surveillance in the country’s conservation areas.

The Kenya Wildlife Service will recruit more rangers to beef up the multi-disciplinary crack unit that is already on the ground in order to eradicate poaching, which is a menace that has contributed negatively to the country’s image and economy.

The CS made the remarks in a speech read on her behalf by the Principal Secretary, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe during this year’s celebrations of the World Wildlife Day marked at the Kenya Wildlife Service Headquarters in Langata, Nairobi.

She observed that the Ministry was concerned that hundreds of elephants and scores of rhinos continued to be butchered by poacher’s year in, year out. “It is a pity that this thorny issue continues to bog down, not only us as a Nation, but the entire world ‘’ she added.

The CS urged county governments to take advantage of the new Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013, which provided for Conservation and Compensation committees, community wildlife associations at the grassroots level. She called for clear interpretation of the Act to create a symbiotic relationship with all stakeholders in the sector.

PS Lesiyampe reads the keynote speech on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary

PS Lesiyampe reads the keynote speech on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary

Prof. Wakhungu noted that all the stakeholders would reap benefits accruing from wildlife, which would be distributed in accordance with the provisions of the new Act.

She noted that Kenya was endowed with over 25,000 species of wildlife and 7000 species of plants, making it rank highly as one of the biodiversity-rich countries in Africa.

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