China has donated eighteen four-wheel vehicles and assorted equipment to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to aid in wildlife conservation and stem wildlife crime.
Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities, Prof. Judi Wakhungu received the donation on behalf of KWS at the organisation’s headquarters in Nairobi.
Chinese embassy to Kenya Economic and Commercial Counsellor Mr. Guo Ce handed over the donation to the cabinet Secretary at a ceremony witnessed by among others KWS acting Director General, Mr. Julius Kimani and KWS Board of Trustees member Mr. Tom Lalampaa.
“In May 2014 during the Chinese Premier’s visit to Kenya, we signed an exchange of letters between the Government of Kenya and the Chinese Government to support Kenya’s fight against poaching, I am happy today that part of what was signed has now arrived”, said Prof. Wakhungu.
She added, “Further I signed a Memorandum of Understanding between my Ministry and my counterpart in China that has opened an opportunity for enhanced collaboration including equipment and technical support. I want to assure you that all donations extended to Kenya are utilized prudently, and for the specific purposes they are meant for”.
Mr. Guo Ce pledged his government’s continued assistance to Kenya to conserve wildlife both in terms of equipment and capacity building. The vehicles and equipment will be deployed to various conservation wildlife areas across the country to facilitate security personnel diligently carry out their operations.