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KWS Celebrates Annual Thanksgiving Day and Sports

Date Published: 01 Nov, 2010
KWS Celebrates Annual Thanksgiving Day and Sports

some of the participating teams during the sports week from 25th - 29th, 2010.

The Kenya Wildlife Service held its annual Thanksgiving Ceremony at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru from 25th -29th October, 2010.  The event, in which staff from the various stations in the country, management and the Board of Trustees gather to reflect on the year and celebrate their successes, was officiated by the Minister for Forestry and Wildlife, who was represented by M. A. M WaMwachai, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry.

In a speech read on his behalf by the PS, the Minister enumerated various achievements that KWS ought to celebrate. He mentioned significant milestones such as the completion and commissioning of the Aberdare Fence, gazzettement of Lakes Elementaita and Kanyaboli as national reserves, and the discovery of the elephant shrew at Boni-Dodori.  He announced that the proposed Wildlife Bill is being studied to ensure that is aligned to the new constitution.

Commending KWS staff for their dedication, the minister urged them to keep their standards high as the work they are doing is noble.

The KWS Chairman, Hon. David Mwiraria, said that 2010 has been a very good year for tourism in the country.  He reiterated that this may be the best performance we have had since independence, signifying the importance of tourism as a resilient industry and pillar of our country’s economy. While thanking stakeholders for their support to the Service, Mr. Mwiraria lauded KWS staff for their exemplary work, and urged them to continue in this spirit for the benefit of the society.

In his address, the Director of KWS, Mr. Julius Kipng’etich informed congregants that  KWS will invest heavily in staff training to make them more efficient in their work. He further revealed that Manyani Field Training School is set to receive new trainees to strengthen field conservation operations, in the next two months. In an effort to provide modern skills for protection of biodiversity, the Institute will upgraded and renamed KWS Paramilitary Academy from next year.

The director announced that KWS is in the process of receiving more tools of trade, and that Kshs. 40million will be used to improve staff houses and visitor facilities in Tsavo.

He further said that Kshs. 800million is to be invested in Marsabit National Park for staff houses, visitor facilities and community projects, in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD).

The Director also announced that a new park entry tariff will be implemented from Jan 2011, but will be announced in December this year.

The Service, which was presided over by Bishop Phillip Anyolo, was attended by the Nakuru Mayor and his deputy, among others. Renowned gospel singer, Emmy Kosgey, entertained the guests.

 

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