Kenya Wildlife Service Director General Brigadier (Rtd) John Waweru has unveiled a set of new houses to the rangers attached to the Rhino Unit at the Ngong station.
Eight (8) units of 2 bedroom each were distributed to eight rangers to improve their welfare.
The Rhino Unit benefited from the Ranger Housing Program in which KWS received Ksh.100million with a carry-over of additional Ksh. 32 million in FY 2017/18 for construction of ranger houses.
Areas earmarked for Phase I as priority include Nairobi National Park (Ngong), Aberdares National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and the Tsavos. A total number of 34 units are expected to be established by the end of the program.
Citing difficulties in taking care of the rhinos, the Director General pledged to prioritize the Rhino Unit Program and assured the organization of an overhaul in implementing the project across all units.
“It’s my first time in the organization but I must say am delighted to see such developments. I am happy that today our able rangers will start a new life in new houses, and due to the nature of the job they partake, they should deliver what is expected of them in a conducive environment. My journey has started in the right direction,” he said.
The rangers are also set to benefit from responsibility allowance, medical allowances and other entitlements.
Collaboration, Conservation and Enterprise were key aspects the DG urged the staff to embrace and hinted on future partnership with other organisations to generate additional income for KWS to supplement government allocation.
In attendance were senior KWS management and the area Deputy County Commissioner.