NAKURU, Kenya 9th September 2014 – Governor Mbugua unveiled this years “Cycling with the Rhino” race, set to be held on the 27th of September at the Lake Nakuru National Park.
The adventurous cycling competition is held annually to raise funds for the rehabilitation of a 74-square Kilometer electric fence and undertake community conservation education around the park which is a successful Rhino breeding sanctuary.
Governor Mbugua urged the public to take conservation matters and agenda seriously as there is more than just conserving it for tourists.
“We should stop saying that we are conserving our wildlife or environment for tourists. Let’s conserve it also for ourselves. We need to take it further and cultivate in our minds that this animals and the environment are ours and also part of our heritage.”
He added the County is on the course of playing its role in the conservation of our wildlife and environment.
“We as a Government through the assembly are working round the clock to formulate bills that will go a long way in conserving this heritage of ours and we do have adequate plans to put some provisions for this causes in our annual budgets from the able two ministries of tourism and environment.”
Corporate sponsors and partners donated monetary sponsorships for the annual event. The County Government of Nakuru donated 500,000 Ksh.
Stakeholders, sponsors, the community living around the park come together to cycle through the dusty hills and valleys, crisscrossing the heart of Nakuru town and its environs before culminating in a lifetime experience of a tour and adventure of the Lash Lake Nakuru National Park.
So far 22 of the 74 km of the fence has been rehabilitated including funding the KWS social responsibility activities.
Governor Mbugua was accompanied by the Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto, County Secretary Joseph Motari, among several CeC’s from the County Government.