Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Chairman, Hon. David Mwiraria, has said that an ambitious infrastructure development program to enhance fleet, staff uniform and a housing scheme is on course. He was speaking while commissioning part of sh0.5billion rangers’ housing project and flagging off ceremony of a fleet of 25 vehicles to support field operations in Ngong on Tuesday (September 11, 2012).
The housing project is on-going at several national parks and KWS stations across the country. At its completion, the project target to provide housing to over 3000 employees.
KWS director, Julius Kipng’etich, said that the new facility will house 12 rangers deployed to animal capture unit and a barrack facility is earmarked for use by special purpose troops. He said that the fleet will enhance rangers’ response to human wildlife conflicts incidences and anti-poaching activities.
Meanwhile, KWS rangers have killed three poachers, arrested 20 suspects and recovered seven pieces of raw ivory, a rifle with 10 rounds of ammunitions and assorted poaching weapons in the past week across the country.
In Nakuru County, a suspect was arrested and four pieces of ivory recovered at Mogotio on Monday (September 3, 2012). Elsewhere at Kirewe, Kwale County, two suspects were arrested and two pieces of ivory and assorted hunting weapons recovered.
In Nyandarua County, three poachers were gunned down and a rifle with 10 rounds of ammunitions recovered on Thursday (September 6, 2012). The poachers were on a poaching mission in Aberdare National Park when they were trailed and a gun fight ensued. Elsewhere in Kisii County, two pieces of ivory were recovered and two suspects arrested. Two leopard skins and three Serval cat skins were also recovered in a separate operation in the same county.