By Bosire Boniface
The Kenyan government plans to recruit 500 rangers from the National Youth Service (NYS) and deploy them to wildlife parks in August as part of a wider effort to crack down on poachers.
President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the move on June 7th, when he approved the Wildlife Conservation and Management bill. The bill raised fines for poaching to 1 million shillings ($11,800), legislated the confiscation of offenders' properties and outlined penalties for government officials found guilty of conniving with poachers.
"The youth at the NYS have already had some crucial training, including physical and legal training. We will subject them to further training for the ranger jobs," said Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) Director William Kiprono, adding that the recruitment would be closed to the public.
"If we were to recruit directly from the public, it would take nine months to train them, but with the NYS, it would take at most two months," he told Sabahi.
he [sic\ NYS was established in 1964 to train youths in tasks of national importance, including service in the armed forces, national reconstruction programmes and disaster response.
Recruits must have high school diplomas and no criminal records, Kiprono said, adding the KWS will also try to strike a balance with gender and region of origin. More....