Wildlife Services) -- Kenya Wildlife
Service (KWS) has benefitted from 26 four-wheel drive vehicles
donated by United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
which will be used by its security teams.
is under a programme titled Kenya Wildlife Protection and
Conservation Programme (KWPCP) worth 500-million shillings.
Speaking at the flag off ceremony at the KWS headquarters on
February 13, 2018, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and
Wildlife Najib Balala said the vehicles will be deployed in
hotspots to deal with criminals who destroy wildlife.
"I’m pleased to flag off these vehicles that will be deployed
across the country to boost service delivery and will assist in
safeguarding our biodiversity.
"I have faith that KWS has able staff to put them to the best
use," said the Cabinet Secretary.
US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec who was present at the
occasion held at KWS headquarters in Nairobi said that the
United States is committed to partnering with Kenya in a bid to
conserve the wildlife.
"The United States is pleased to work with the government of
Kenya and partner to strengthen Kenya’s capacity to combat
poaching and wildlife trafficking and help ensure that
communities and wildlife can in fact live together," the
The acting KWS Director General Mr. Julius Kimani said the
vehicles will assist the organisation to discharge its duties
diligently as it endeavours to keep the wildlife safe.
"All the vehicles will be deployed for security operations
especially the rhino areas and hotspots for animal control.
"To counter the sophisticated challenges of today, we are
matching the use of these vehicles with modern technology to
outmatch criminals bent on destroying our precious wildlife,"
According to him, poaching has greatly reduced as only nine
rhinos and less than 60 elephants were killed last year.
He said the vehicles will boost the capacity of KWS security
teams in the fight against poaching and wildlife insecurity.
New Cabinet Secretary Hon.
Najib Balala on maiden visit to KWS head quarters
NAIROBI (Kenya Wildlife Services) --
Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, now in charge of
the expanded ministry of Tourism and Wildlife on February 8,
2018 made his maiden visit to KWS headquarters in Nairobi where
he held a meeting with senior management before addressing
Previously the minister headed the docket of tourism but with
the recent reorganisation of the Kenyan government after the
last general elections, the president added the Wildlife
portfolio to his ministry hitherto domiciled in the ministry of
Environment and Natural Resources.