Pressure mounts on Balala to resign over rhino deaths

Written By: Juney Karisa/ Anthony Kaikai

The CS says he has been at a loss following the deaths

National Assembly legislators have summoned tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala following the death of 10 rhinos in a translocation exercise, as pressure mounts on him to resign.

Balala rubbishing calls to leave office accused masterminds of wildlife trade of plotting to tarnish his name and that of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) for their own gain.

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The CS seeks to absolve himself from blame in the death of the rhino’s alleged to  have died as a result  of drinking salty water with a high concentration of saline, national assembly MP’s have began probing the matter.

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The environment committee in parliament has since summoned Balala to shade more light on the issue,

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The death of the Rhino’s resulted in the suspension of six senior KWS officers for alleged negligence.

Since then, the CS has been faulted for failing to put in place a functional board and allegedly ignoring advice from conservationists that the translocation exercise would result to fatality.

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Of the 11 rhinos that were moved, only one remains at the Tsavo East National Park under close observation.


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