I warned BALALA against trans-locating rhinos but he ignored me after receiving sh100 million from a United States donor

Saturday August 4, 2018 - The investigation into the deaths of 11 rhinos after translocation has taken a new twist.

This is after it emerged that the Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala, received an early warning not to translocate the rhinos because they faced imminent death, but the CS went ahead anyway.

Nehemiah Rotich, who has served as the Kenya Wildlife Service Chief Operating Officer (COO) before Balala sacked him over rhinos’ saga, revealed that a donor insisted that the black rhinos be translocated despite recommendations against it.

According to him, the donor seemed determined in seeing that the translocation occurs despite their recommendations against it.

He said the decision to proceed with the move prompted a meeting between the Board and the donor held in January this year.

“Members of the Board maintained their position that the translocation should not proceed citing the salinity of the water,” Rotich noted.

Rotich further revealed that the...

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