Kenya Power to Alter System in Soysambu Conservancy After Electrocution of Rothschild Giraffes

Kenya Power is reorganising its electricity distribution infrastructure at Soysambu Conservancy in the central Rift Valley.

This follows the electrocution of three Rothschild giraffes during the weekend.

In a statement, Kenya Power said that the correction, which is in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service, and Soysambu Conservancy’s management will also involve an audit of the entire infrastructure within the area

“We regret this incident because we recognize that wildlife forms an integral part of our natural and cultural psyche and we appreciate the feedback shared by various stakeholders on this matter,” said CEO Bernard Ngugi.

“Ensuring that we adhere to the highest forms of safety in all our undertakings is a prerequisite for us. We thus take any electricity related accidents seriously and we will use the lessons to avoid a recurrence of the same.”

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The company will also extend the audit to other wildlife parks across the country to ensure that its infrastructure does not pose further danger.

In another statement, Kenya Wildlife Service said that Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala was engaging Energy CS Charles Keter for a longer-lasting solution.

KWS representatives visited the Soysambu Conservancy and preliminary reports indicated that the height of electricity poles was below the giraffes’ height.

There are a total of 28,850 giraffes in the country. Some 12,717 are Maasai giraffes, 15,524 are reticulated giraffes and only 609 are Rothschild’s giraffes.

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