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Kenya Power declares system change after Giraffe electrocution

Kenya Power has declared that it has commenced the overhaul of some of its transmission system following deadly electrocution of giraffes over the weekend sparked an uproar.

The incident left three Rothchild’s giraffes dead at Soysambu Conservancy after they came into contact with live power wires.

Rothchild’s giraffe is one of the most endangered giraffe species in the world.

Data from the world’s biggest environment network, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, show that fewer than 670 Rothchild’s giraffes now live in the wild, in isolated populations.

According to a press statement dated Monday, February 22, Kenya Power said a team had been deployed to review and redesign the power infrastructure system in the area.

“Led by the Nakuru County Business Manager and the County Operations and Maintenance Engineer (Kenya Power) has today kicked off the process of enhancing the clearance of electricity distribution infrastructure at Soysambu Conservancy to forestall a recurrence of the unfortunate incident where three Rothschild giraffes were electrocuted over the weekend,” read a statement from the utility firm.

Kenya Power is undertaking the overhaul in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Soysambu Conservancy’s management, among other stakeholders.

The exercise will involve an audit of the entire infrastructure within the conservancy to make any other rectifications that may be required.

“Ensuring that we observe the highest forms of safety in all our undertakings is a prerequisite for us,” Kenya Power CEO Bernard Ngugi said, adding that since they take any electricity-related accidents seriously, they would use the lessons gleaned to avoid a recurrence of the same.

The company will collaborate with KWS and other stakeholders to extend the audit exercise and other wildlife parks across the country to ensure that infrastructure does not pose further hazards.

Environmentalists have confirmed that a total of 11 giraffes have died as a result of electrocution due to low-hanging exposed power lines.

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