KWS receives Sh9.7b budgetary allocations

The Kenya Wildlife service has earned Sh1.2b to pay salaries and conduct animal census, underlining the dire liquidity crunch facing the agency. 

According to a second supplementary budget tabled in Parliament, the allocations to wildlife conservation had increased to Sh9.7b, from Sh8.2b, to cater for KWS salaries and an ongoing animal census.

The KWS has joined the list of agencies that have sought State bailouts, including Kenya Airways, Kenya Power, and multiple universities, seeking urgent support after their revenues dropped sharply during the pandemic.

According to the agency’s 2018 annual report, KWS had 6,177 workers out of whom 4,870 were permanent and 1,307 temporary and contract workers.

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