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Kenya Power apologises after electrocution of endangered giraffes

Kenya Power has promised to alter the infrastructure within the Soysambu Conservancy, following the electrocution of three Rothschild giraffes on Sunday.

The three giraffes were electrocuted after moving along a low-hanging local power transmission line.

The power company now says that it is regretting the incident because wildlife forms an integral part of “our natural and cultural psyche and, we appreciate the feedback shared by various stakeholders on this matter.”

“Ensuring that we adhere to the highest form of safety, 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,” Kenya Power MD and CEO Bernard Ngugi says.

On Monday, Kenya Power engineers were spotted at the conservancy clearing the electricity distribution infrastructure to prevent a recurrence of the incident.

The giraffes are of the endangered Rothschild’s breed, a subspecies of the Northern giraffe.  Only about 1,669 are said to exist in the wild.

Kenya reportedly hosts 60 per cent of the species population. The giraffes thrive in hot woodland savanna and shrub lands.

Kenya Power says they are engaging the KWS for a longer-lasting solution to be able to save the endangered species.

“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,” added Ngugi.

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