Fire destroys Sitatunga habitat in Nandi


Fire destroys Sitatunga habitat in Nandi

The fire that begun on Friday evening burnt several acres of swamp land which houses the rare species of antelopes.

According to MCA Kaptel-Kamoiywo ward Amos Korir, the fire started from a lit cigarette that was left near the swamp.

The cigarette set the dry grass on fire which later spread quickly.

Kenya Wildlife Service, through Nandi County Warden Joel Kanda, regretted the incident stating that Sitatunga antelopes are very sensitive to disturbance.

LARGEST NUMBER OF SIATATUNGA

Mr Kanda said Nandi County is the only county hosting the largest number of Sitatunga, adding that KWS will construct watch towers in the area.

Nandi County Lands, Environment and Natural Resources County Executive Dr John Chumo castigated the person behind the fire claiming that the county is counting the loss of Sitatunga antelopes, various species of birds, butterflies and over 20,000 acres of swamp land that was damaged by the fire.

He urged area residents to desist from lighting wetlands, especially during dry spell.

Mr Chumo further thanked residents and fire fighters for managing to contain the inferno, which could have destroyed the entire eco-system.

 

By Daniel Korir-Nandi County

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