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Republic of South Sudan officers graduate from KWS law enforcement academy
Date Published: 12 Jun, 2012
Thirty nine wildlife officers from the Republic of South Sudan (ROSS) have graduated from the Kenya Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Academy in Tsavo West National Park.
The officers who have been at the Law Enforcement academy for the last three months graduated today June 7, 2012 at an event presided over by the KWS Director, Julius Kipng’etich. The wildlife officers have been trained in anti poaching and wildlife security operations.
They are part of a group of seventy nine officers of which forty are being trained at the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute, Naivasha. The Sh27 million Kenyan government-sponsored training programme is part of an on-going training and capacity building initiative between the Governments of Kenya and South Sudan. This programme started after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.
Under the agreement, Kenya pledged to train Government of South Sudan employees in various Kenyan Institutions and also second Kenyan experts in South Sudan Government Institutions to impart skills and share experiences.
To date 126 wildlife officers have been trained both at the KWS Training Institute, Naivasha and the Law Enforcement Academy based in Tsavo West National Park respectively.
Speaking during the graduation of the wildlife officers, Julius Kipng’etich congratulated them and welcomed new partnerships with the Republic of South Sudan. He added that the peace agreement would bring forth great resource development and the management of East Africa’s tourism industry.
“Kenya has a long history of managing wildlife and will strive to ensure that South Sudan will endeavor to emulate and follow the same route. Kenya Wildlife Service is ready and willing to train more wildlife officials on various skills related to wildlife conservation and management so as to enhance their capacity in this critical mandate.” Kipng’etich told the officers.
Kenya South Sudan Liaison Office (KESSULO) Assistant Director of Information, Ms. Susan Njuguna appreciated the efforts which KWS had put in place to ensure that the programme is well sustained. “Kenya is a strategic partner regionally and such exchanges will benefit South Sudan in protecting wildlife regionally” She added.
In December 2009, the first batch of sixty wildlife officers graduated from the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute, Naivasha and Law Enforcement Academy based in Tsavo West National Park after completing a three-month training course in Wildlife Management/Biodiversity Conservation and Wildlife Law Enforcement/ Operations. The forty Wildlife officers undertaking a wildlife management course in Naivasha will be graduating on the June 15, 2012.
Director of Political affairs, Riak Kiir Deng who represented the Ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan in Kenya praised the graduands and urged them to share the knowledge and skills they had acquired from the valuable training with their colleagues back home in South Sudan.
The Republic of South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011 as a result of a 2005 peace deal that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. An overwhelming majority of South Sudanese voted in a January 2011 referendum to secede and become Africa’s latest nation since Eritrea split from Ethiopia in 1993. It is a United Nations member state, a member state of the African Union and a member state of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.