The former board chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Services Dr. Richard Leakey has blamed the CS Tourism Najib Balala for supporting the translocation which the board had declined for the past three years.
He said that the board had noted that the translocation would not be possible because they were concerned about the lack of vegetation in the sanctuary and the issue of available and safe water.
For 3years, KWS had tried to relocate the Rhinos, the board said no. But when Dr Leakey's mandate expired in April 2018, there has been no board since then. Someone ensured the Rhinos were relocated while the board was absent. WHY? to evade scrutiny? #BalalaWajibika tafadhali pic.twitter.com/WNmBi879s8
— Lord Abraham Mutai (@ItsMutai) July 27, 2018
The conservationist blamed the CS for allowing the translocation the absence of a board whose mandate had expired on April 17.
Dr Leakey said that he was unaware of the board that the CS said approved the translocation. He said Balala’s statement failed to reflect the fundamentals behind the death of the rhinos.
The autopsy results revealed that the rhinos died as a result of the saline water in the new home and negligence.
Investigators further mentioned that the animals had been stressed due to acute dehydration.
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