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Livestock removed from park

Tuesday April 22 2014

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More than 10,000 livestock have been driven out of a national game reserve.

The Kenya Wildlife Service and the Provincial Administration removed the animals from the Rimoi National Game Reserve in Elgeyo-Marakwet County and arrested 15 herdsmen at the weekend.

The herdsmen will be prosecuted for alleged trespass Wednesday.

The animals included 5,700 head of cattle, 4,000 goats and sheep and about 200 donkeys.

Fully stationed

“Our officers are fully stationed there and will not leave until the vast reserve is absolutely free of livestock,” said Keiyo county commissioner Moses Lilan.

The officers are camped at the nearby Kobulwo Secondary School and will be there until all squatters and livestock are removed from the park, Mr Lilan said.

The administration was determined to minimise wildlife poaching and ensure better management and administration of the park, the DC added.

County Tourism executive Anne Kibosia said the removal of the livestock from the park would save the wildlife from human interference.