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President Uhuru hosts KWS mountain climbers

Date Published: 17 Dec, 2013
President Uhuru hosts KWS mountain climbers

President Uhuru Kenyatta hosts KWS team of mountain climbers at State House, Nairobi. Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu and her two principal secretaries, Dr Richard Lesiyampe and Mr James Lopoyetum, KWS Board of Trustees chairman Hon David Mwiraria and KWS Director Mr. William Kiprono led the delegation to State House.

His Excellency the President Hon Uhuru Kenyatta on December 15, 2013 hosted the KWS team of mountain climbers at State House, Nairobi.

The President had commissioned the team to hoist the national flag at the highest point of Mt Kenya as part of the Kenya @50 celebrations.

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu and her two principal secretaries, Dr Richard Lesiyampe and Mr James Lopoyetum, as well as KWS Board of Trustees chairman Hon David Mwiraria and KWS Director Mr William Kiprono led the delegation to State House.   

It was a historic moment for the new crop of mountain climbers who re-enacted the 1963 events to be recognised and honoured by the President on behalf of the nation.

Kenya Wildlife Service was specially chosen as part of the Kenya @50 programme to re-enact the flag raising event first staged on December 12, 1963 on Mount Kenya by a team of Kenya African Rifles led by the late Kisoi Munyao.  

KWS Corporal Evans Mwiti, who was the lead climber, confirmed that the team spent a night at the Batian peak. Out of a team of nine climbers, only five managed to get across to Lewis Glacier to the Batian peak.

Although the climbers had been invited to the national celebrations to mark Kenya’s 50 years of independence in Nairobi, they could not make it due to harsh weather---it was snowing and raining all the way.

Mountaneer James Kagambi, the first black Afriacn to climb the highest mountain peak in North America, also got to Batian peak and was hosted at State House alongside the KWS team.

The President had flagged off the team on December 5, 2013 at State House to undertake the flag-raising at the highest point on the mountain (Batian).    

Full list of KWS team that attended State House event:

1

Hon David Mwiraria

Chairman Board of Trustees

2

Mr. William Kiprono

Director

3

Mrs. Lynette Muganda

Deputy Director Human Capital

4

Mr. William Waweru

Deputy Director Finance

5

Mr. Edwin Wanyonyi

Ag Deputy Director Strategy & Change

6

Dr. Erustus Kanga

Ag Deputy Director Research

7

Mr. Robert Muasya

Senior Deputy Director Security

8

Ms. Ann Kahihia

Assistant Director

9

Mr. Aggrey Maumo

Assistant Director

10

Mr. Simon Gitau Ngugi

Senior Warden

11

Mr. George Auya Omboki

Mountain rescue Officer

12

Mr. James Kagambi

Mt. Climber

13

Cpl Evans Mwiti

Mt Kenya SAR team

14

Cpl Laban Wanjohi

Mt Kenya SAR team

15

Ranger Simon Thumuni

Mt Kenya SAR team

16

Ranger Kennneth Kimathi

Mt Kenya SAR team

17

Ranger Samuel Kaguchia

Mt Kenya SAR team

18.

Mr. David Muigai

Community Rescue Ranger

19

Mr. Nikunj Shah

Mt. Kenya

20.

Mr. Paul Udoto

Corporate Communications Manager

21

Eng. Alykhan Husein

AK Liaison

 

 

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