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Kenya Power announces infrastructural changes after electrocution of three giraffes

Kenya Power has commenced the process of enhancing the clearance of the electricity distribution infrastructure at Soysambu Conservancy to forestall a recurrence of the unfortunate incident where three Rothschild giraffes were electrocuted over the weekend.

Three of the most endangered distinct populations of giraffes, the Rothschild giraffes, have been killed after being electrocuted in Soysambu Conservancy within Nakuru County in Kenya, due to the low hanging power lines. 

According to the Conservancy, the incidence was not the first time an endangered species was electrocuted in August 27th 2018. The electrical lines have been deadly to the tallest terrestrial mammal.

In a statement to newsrooms, Kenya Power announced that it was undertaking this exercise in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Soysambu Conservancy’s management and other stakeholders which will also involve an audit of the entire infrastructure within the Conservancy to make any other rectifications that may be required.

“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 Bernard Ngugi, Kenya Power’s Managing Director & CEO.

“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 gleaned to avoid a recurrence of the same,” he added.

The Company will work in partnership with KWS and other stakeholders to extend the audit exercise to other wildlife parks across the country to ensure that its infrastructure does not pose further danger.