Minister tells critics to ‘go to hell’ over death of 10 rhinos, Kenyans reacts

Nduta Waweru Jul 31, 2018 at 04:49am

July 31, 2018 at 04:49 am | News

Nduta Waweru

Nduta Waweru | Contributor

July 31, 2018 at 04:49 am | News

Kenyans were vocal in their criticism of the cabinet secretary for tourism Najib Balala’s handling of the death of 10 rhinos that were being relocated to a new habitat.

The rhinos, which had been relocated in a bid to save the endangered species, died due to multiple stress syndrome after repeatedly drinking salty water, according to a report by the Kenya Wildlife Services.

The minister had been criticised after it emerged that a number of previous attempts to move the animals were not approved by the country’s  KWS Board, chaired by Dr Richard Leakey.  The board had raised concerns over lack of safe water and vegetation in the new habitat, which the minister had apparently ignored.

Many Kenyans called for his resignation and he has since responded.

“In my leadership, I decided that I am going to be right and not nice. On the issue of rhinos, I am going to stand with what is right. None of those calling for my resignation has appointed me; it is President Uhuru Kenyatta who appointed me, so they can go to hell.”

Kenyans took to their Twitter to react to the news, to the point of forcing an apology from the minister.

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