PARKS AND RESERVES
Parks and reserves managed by KWS
Select a park or reserve to view a list of hotels, lodges, guesthouses and camps managed by KWS
Welcome to Kenya Wildlife Service
President Uhuru hosts KWS mountain climbers
Date Published: 17 Dec, 2013
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: