Chui Team Mtito Update: 01 January 2005
James Mbuthia – Team leader David Njoroge – Assistant John Malonza – Tracker Francis Chege – Car security Masaku Mbanga – In camp CPL Mwoki – KWS ranger Peter Gitau – KWS ranger
Areas Covered: Iltilal, Kuku Ranch, Rombo, Chyulu, Triangle Nthongoni, Pipeline, Kimana, Jalai, Endasika, Langata Ngema, Utu, Noka, Nzeveni
Period: from 2nd – 16th January 2005
112 SNARES COLLECTED
112 snares were lifted, 7 arrests were made; 5 people harvesting Khat (a drug) from the Chyulu range, and 2 more along the Mtito river boundary of the triangle who had killed a buffalo.
Proposal of fence project: On 14.1.05 we held a meeting at Kyusiani, the administration including the chief was there and the event was well attended. They agreed that a fence will finally solve the problem of elephant and buffalo menace. They promised when the funds will be available they will volunteer to provide labor during the construction of the fence. Due to the importance of Mtito River, a zigzag manner of fencing will be most appropriate so that both the communities and the wildlife can benefit from the river.
Report by James Mbuthia