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Two KWS officers die while heading to Aberdare forest to put off fire



By Wanja Waweru

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has lost two personnel in the ongoing fire that started in the Aberdares forest 11 days ago.

Simon Gitau, director of partnership for KWS services, claims that the two perished on Monday while performing their duties.

“The two officers were in a group travelling to the scene when the vehicle they were travelling in lost control and veered off unfortunately they were injured and died,” Gitau said.

Consequently, Gitau has urged members of communities near the forest to assist in fighting the inferno which may threaten the moorland which is the source of water.

“Currently the fire is at moorland this is the water source of many rivers in Aberdare and if we have such fires often this may reduce water retention and affect water supply even in Nairobi, ” Gitau stated.

The fire which started at Embaringo in Nyeri has so far spread to as far as Shamata in Nyandarua county leaving huge destruction.

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