KWS Deputy Director Fired Over Rhino Deaths

KWS Deputy Director Fired Over Rhino Deaths

Tourism CS Najib Balala has demoted 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 returns to his previous position as head of parks and reserves. The drastic changes come in the wake of the deaths of 10 out of the 14 rhinos translocated from Nakuru and Nairobi national parks to a 100-square kilometre sanctuary at Tsavo East.

In the sweeping changes, Balala suspended top Kenya Wildlife Service scientists and wardens. According to Mr 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 He has been replaced by Dr Patrick Mondi from the parent ministry.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.

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