Ksh.200k fine for those found lighting fires around national parks, reserves


Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has cautioned the public against setting fires close to national parks and reserves.

KWS noted in most cases the fires end up in the parks and reserves and affect wildlife and habitats.

Fires that occurred in the Tsavo’s and Chyulu national park during July 2020 originated from the areas surrounding the parks.

At the same time, KWS reiterated that it is punishable by law to set fire in a wild life protected area.

“Any person who sets fire to any vegetation in any wildlife protected area or allows any fire lighted by himself or his servants to enter a wildlife protected area commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of not less than two hundred thousand shillings or to imprisonment of not less than two years or to both such fine and imprisonment,” Section 102 part 9 (b) of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013 states