KWS set to start fencing Mt Kenya

Mt Kenya, once the only snow-capped mountain on the equator. Photo/FILE

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) will embark on fencing Mt Kenya, one of the five water towers in the country following a Sh1 billion funding.

KWS director Julius Kipngetich said this initiative will commence in September this year, as a critical step towards preventing the continued destruction of the forest ecosystem.

“If we do not fence Mt Kenya I can assure you the cost of electricity in the country will rise astronomically. This is because it supports Tana river, the source of most of the electricity generated in the country,” said Mr Kipngetich.

He spoke while presiding over a KCB Community Day tree planting exercise at Nairobi National Park Green line.

Electric fence

The director said that KWS has set aside Sh800 million to erect an electric fence around Marsabit National Park.

The first phase of the project is due to start early next year.

Meanwhile KCB Group has announced plans to invest Sh13.6 million shillings towards environmental conservation.

“This is our contribution to restoring Kenya’s forest cover through our environmental conservation pillar that recognises that the sustenance of humankind is heavily dependent on the sustainability of the natural eco-system,” said group chief executive Martin Oduor-Otieno.