By Gilbert Koech
The Kenya wildlife service has welcomed a directive by the president that placed security personnel and equipment of the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Kenya Forest Services, the Kenya Prisons Service and the National Youth Service under the command of the Inspector General of Police.
KWS acting director William Kiprono has said the move will help bolster security in not only game parks and reserves but also in the whole country.
"It just about command that we have to work together because the same people killing our wildlife are the ones causing insecurity in the country,we expect poaching and other crimes to come down because of this coordinated approach to national security," Kiprono said.
In the directive,operations of any aircraft owned by Government entities, except the Kenya Defence Forces,will be availed to the Inspector General of Police for the purpose of enhancing the country's ability to combat insecurity.
Kiprono said the specifics of the command are being worked on and are "at advanced stage with the inspector general coordinating the efforts".
He dispelled fears that the directive will cause a clash saying they have been working closely with the police to crack down poachers.
"It should not cause any alarm because the KWS act will not be disposed and the mandate of protecting the wildlife is our core mandate and national interest supersedes other interests,it means well for this country," Kiprono said.
Kimaiyo has since held a meeting on insecurity with the Kenya Wildlife Service director,William Kiprono, David Mbugua of Kenya Forest Services, Kenya Prisons Service commissioner,Isaiah Osugo and the National Youth Service director Nelson Githinji and senior police officers.
Kiprono said shortage of personnel at KWS forced them to post phone the training that was to be overseen by the British army units.
"Most of our officers are manning rhino sanctuaries due to intensive threats and we agreed to post phone the training because we cannot pull our personnel from the field," he said adding that the relationship between Kenya and Britain are good.
He said the service recruited 516 from the NYS and are yet to graduate to help bolster their numbers.
The director made the remarks yesterday when he presided over the school essay competition at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi.
The Amboseli primary school were awarded a trophy in the upper primary category,while Saint George secondary were awarded in the secondary category.
Dedan Kimathi university were awarded for the tertiary level category in the campaign that seeks to enlighten the public on the need to conserve the wildlife.