Impunity: Poachers kill rhino as CS Balala set to face committee
SEE ALSO :KWS lifts outlaw on darting of wildlifeFollowing the deaths, Tourism CS Najib Balala suspended six senior officers in charge of the relocation and demoted acting KWS Director-General Julius Kimani. He demoted the acting Director General Dr Julius Kimani and replaced him with Dr Charles Musyoki who was in charge of Kenya Wildlife Service training institute in Naivasha. Dr Kimani was sent back to his previous position as head of Parks and reserves. He also suspended top Kenya Wildlife Service scientists and wardens. According to Balala, among the affected were Dr Samwel Kasiki who was the Deputy Director Bio-diversity and chief scientist. He has been replaced by Dr Patrick Mondi from the parent ministry. Also suspended were Dr Francis Gakuya who was head of veterinary and capture services, Dr Mohamed Omar, head of ecology and Dr Isaac Leekolol, a senior vet. Tsavo senior scientist Fredrick Lala and senior warden Felix Mwangagi were also affected. The CS also abolished the post of Chief Operating Officer currently held by Nehemiah Rotich and that of advisor held by Mark Jenkins.
SEE ALSO :More focus on saving threatened wildlifeThe National Assembly’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee has now summoned Tourism CS Najib Balala to explain how 10 rhinos died at Tsavo East National Park. The committee’s chairman Kareke Mbiuki told a local daily that the committee is concerned about the deaths. “We are seeing conflicting reports from the former board led by Dr Richard Leakey, management of Kenya Wildlife Service and from the CS himself. But Kenyans want to know what happened and put this matter to rest and know who is responsible,” said Mbiuki.