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County Minister urges KWS to relinquish Park to County govt

12 November 2013, 11:11 Wilshere

Nakuru - Nakuru County Executive Minister for Trade and Tourism, Sam Gitau, has said that the Kenya Wild Service (KWS) should leave Nakuru National Park to be managed by the County government.

The Minister said that KWS has failed to manage the Nakuru National Park and it was high time they surrendered it to the County government.

Gitau argued that the Park was a County asset and should be managed by the County government to boost revenue generation.

“I have this before, KWS should leave Nakuru Park to be managed by the Nakuru county government because it is our natural resource,” he said.

Speaking on Tuesday to the media in Nakuru town, Gitau faulted the KWS for failing to address the poaching and human wildlife conflict cases that have been reported at the Park.

“KWS has only been collecting money from this Park and not addressing cases of poaching that  are always reported every now and then,” he said.

Gitau said that other counties are managing their resources and that Nakuru County should be allowed to manage its own resources as well.

He said that decentralization system can fully work if the Central Government stops interfering with the County government's work.

“We have what it takes to manage this Park and any other natural resource in this County and that’s the only devolution can work,” he said.

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