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Nairobi News : December 18th 2013
6 Wednesday, Dec 18 - Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke Families of KWS officers killed on duty to benefit from trust fund BERNADINE MUTANU, NairobiNews email@example.com F amilies of Kenya Wildlife Service officers who die in the course of duty will now benefit from a trust fund. The fund has been established by KWS and an international organisation. The families received the news on Monday after they congregated at the KWS headquarters in Lang’ata for the Conservation Heroes’ Day. “We will support KWS as it strives to take care of these families,” said Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Richard Lesiyampe. So far 61 officers - two from Nairobi National Park - have lost their lives in the course of their work either through attacks by bandits and poachers or by the animals they are employed to protect. This year alone, four offic- ers have died. The organisation, Nabu International Foundation for Nature, is based in Germany. “Our organisation has already donated Sh1.2 million news STAY PUT, COURT TELLS RESIDENTS Residents of Agare and Mbotela in Makongeni ward will continue occupying a piece of land after the High Court extended interim orders stopping Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) from evicting them. Justice Isaac Lenaola also directed KRC and other agencies sued by the residents to file their responses within 21 days. The residents moved to court months ago claiming Kenya Railways had threat- ened them with eviction. They further claimed that KRC had started building houses but intended to replace them with Mukuru slum dwellers. According to the suit, the residents were to be evicted on December 6. They claim they were born and brought up in the area. In their grounds supporting their application, the residents say they were not consulted on the intended evictions and sub- sequent constructions. “The evictions will dis- rupt the small businesses and entrepreneurship that forms the basis of Vision 2030’s economic growth,” read part of the application. In his affidavit, area county representative Peter Imwatok who is also a petitioner in the case, said the residents had lived in the area for more than 25 years and that their concerns were legitimate. Philip Muyanga, NN Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Judy Wakhungu with rangers during the Conservation Heroes’ Day on Monday. Families of KWS personnel who die on duty will receive help. Billy Mutai, NairobiNews in a partnership that will go up to 2016,” said Nabu’s representative Werner Schroder. Giving their accounts, officers attached to different parks and game reserves painted a picture of great sacrifice and commitment in their wildlife conservation mission. They narrated their or- deals in the wild while at the same time expressing their love for the job despite the numerous challenges. Families of rangers who have died in the line of duty also expressed the pain of losing loved ones. Mr Paul Odundo narrated how his son was killed by bandits. “There was nothing we could do. We have accepted whatever happened,” he said. He urged Kenyans join in the war against pochers. “Let them report poach- ers to police or the KWS,” he said. Juliet Nyamathira’s hus- band was killed by poachers in 2000 in the Aberdare National Park. Agnes Akumu says women fear they could be raped at the dam. Anne Kamoni, NairobiNews Fear grips village as thugs take over dam Ambush. Suspects jump into the dam and swim their way to freedom ARTHUR SITUMA, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org A dreaded dam in Gachie has saved many a gambler, gangster or drug peddler’s life as the outlaws routinely swim away from police ambushes. The dam, which is a no-go zone if one is unaccompanied, is a common playground for dozens of young men who gamble and peddle drugs on various spots on the footpath that goes round it. Murky waters The footpath which is between the dam and a very steep hillside provides an ideal position for a police ambush. Police and thugs alike take advantage of the strategic positioning to pounce on their targets. “The police can ambush the thugs from both sides, forcing them to jump into the water, but most pedestrians when cornered would rather get robbed than jump into the murky waters,” Philip Okumu, a resident. Okumu said the police routinely Agnes: For women it is terrible because the thugs can rape you” ambush the young men who are normally high on drugs, but they still manage to jump into the water to swim to safety or worse. “Last week, three of them jumped after the police ambushed them, but one did not make it across,” said Okumu. Male company The police at Gigiri station con- firmed retrieving the body of Edwin Lumwachi from the dam, but said they were not sure about the circumstances surrounding his death. Lumwachi’s family, however, de- nied that he jumped into the dam trying to escape a police dragnet. He was buried in his rural Kakamega home on Saturday. Okumu’s wife Agnes, who usu- ally works in the fields adjacent to the dam, said it risky for women to venture into the area without male company. “For women, it is terrible because the thugs can rape you. The worst bit is that even if you scream, no one will dare come to your rescue,” said Agnes.
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