The County Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Natural Resources has carried out a vetting exercise of the 65 community rangers to ascertain their suitability for service delivery, in Lokichar – Turkana South Sub-county.

This exercise was done through the Department of Natural Resources, in collaboration with the Turkana County Public Service Board (TCPSB) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

It comes after the Ministry gave the rangers with a two-month contract starting J!une, after the Tullow Oil funding through KWS! ended in April 2019, to allow this process.

The County Executive Committee (CEC) member of the ministry, Charles Lokioto, advised the rangers to report anybody soliciting bribes in the promise of a county job.

“This vetting is what we discussed during our meeting in June. So relax, this is a necessary process that allows the county government know its staff,” he said, after inspecting the guard of honour.

During the interview, Mildred Lochuch – one of the nine women rangers – cited that the paramilitary training they underwent in 2017 (organised by the County Government) at KWS Manyani as having prepared her for the challenges associated with the job.

The community rangers will be responsible for the conservation and protection of the county’s natural resources and wildlife.

They will also be expected to coordinate with the security forces in their areas of jurisdiction to report any incidents and threats.

Also present were Commissioner Peter Lolem – TCPSB, Chief Officer Pauline Lokuruka – Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Natural Resources, Deputy Director Pauline Ngoli Pusiye – Department of Natural Resources, Warden Josphat Erupe – KWS, Sub-county Administrator Alexander Losikiria – Turkana South, Sub-county Administrator Robinson Kotol – Turkana East Sub-county and Peter Silale – Human Resource Officer at the ministry.