KWS Acting Director demoted over rhino deaths
SEE ALSO :Sh460m project to be ready in AugustThe team included; 1 Mr. Benson Omondi Samson (Assistant Superintendent of Police, Criminal Investigation and Chairperson of the Inquiry Team); Prof. Peter Karuri Gathumbi (Professor of Veterinary Pathology, University of Nairobi); Dr. Kuria Gachungia (Officer in Charge Pathology lab, Directorate of Veterinary Services) and Dr. David Zimmerman (Senior Veterinary Manager, Veterinary Services of SanParks); Others were Dr. Patrick Omondi (Ag. Director, Research & Innovation, State Department for Wildlife); and Chief Inspector of Police Peter Thiane Kilemi (In charge Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Eastern Bureau. “The loss of the nine rhinos in a protected area arising from an exercise run by Kenya Wildlife Service, with the support of partners, has shocked the Nation, the Global Conservation World and, more importantly, even the KWS staff themselves,” read Mr Balala’s statement. He said the former KWS Board of Trustees had, “for the record, approved the translocation of the rhinos to Tsavo East subject to the timing and monitoring of the water supply for suitability at the time of the translocation.” According to the Inquiry team, Mr Balala added, “the cause of all the deaths was due to multiple stress syndrome intensified by salt poisoning and complicated by the following conditions: dehydration, starvation, proliferation of opportunistic bacteria in upper respiratory tract (Pasteurella species), gastric ulcers and gastritis.” The independent inquiry he said, “further showed there were areas of clear negligence that occurred post translocation at the release site in Tsavo, especially in the holding BOMA at the sanctuary. These included poor co-ordination and communication among officers that were responsible for pre-translocation studies, including biomass assessments; environmental impact assessments and water quality assessments.” The statement says “the results of the water assessments were hardly considered before execution of the operation” and that the investigators found unacceptable professional negligence among the following officers, who are forthwith suspended pending further disciplinary action to be taken as appropriate by the Board of KWS.”
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