The Government has directed the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to immediately suspend the ongoing translocation of black Rhinos after eight of them die. The rhinos were being trans-located from Nairobi and Nakuru National Parks to the newly-created sanctuary in Tsavo East National Park. The Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala has consequently ordered for investigations involving internal and external independent experts. Preliminary investigations by KWS veterinary teams however attribute the deaths to salt poisoning as a result of taking water of high salinity on arrival in the new environment. In a statement by the Director of Communication Mulei Muya, the Tourism and Wildlife CS vowed to take action should the findings point towards negligence or unprofessional misconduct on the part of any KWS officers. Conservationists and environmentalists have called for speedy investigations into the death of the black rhinos. The Chief Executive Officer of a Kenyan Conservation NGO WildlifeDirect Paula Kahumbu has described the incident as the worst disaster ever recorded in Kenya.
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