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Akagera park teems with birds and wildlife

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By SUSAN MUUMBI
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“The population of lions in the park is rising faster than we expected,” said Joseph Karama, Akagera Park’s community liaison manager.

“The park can hold up to 30,000 lions. We could reach these numbers sooner than expected.”

The current lion population is just over 20, up from the seven that were reintroduced in 2015.

Wildlife is thriving in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, located in Eastern Province. From birdlife, to herbivores and carnivores, animals abound.

It is said that there are more than 500 bird species in Akagera. Our guide Peninah said she has spotted 320 in her 14 years of working at the park.

On an evening boat ride in Lake Ihema last week, the African fish eagle and the African darter were plentiful. Hippos in the lake warned us not to approach by baring their teeth.

On a game drive the following day, the frisky impala were out and about, the waterbuck curious about the vehicle passing through their territory.

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Driving down Mutumba Hill, one of the highest points in the park, we spotted a vulture.

“This means there’s a lion close by,” Peninah announced. We looked around — nothing.

We stopped for lunch at the hippo picnic site. Quietly munching our sandwiches, watching the hippos snort loudly and contemplating when the rain clouds hovering across the border in Tanzania would reach us, we heard a loud trumpeting from behind a bush to the right.

An elephant was close by. Not waiting for it to appear, I quickly made my way back to the car. But Peninah and the others in the group stayed outside, seemingly unfazed. I inquired if there really was an elephant close by.

“Yes,” Peninah replied. “We’re just waiting to see if it will come out of the bush.” I stood by warily, and was relieved that it chose to remain hidden.

Reports of lion sightings, close to where we had seen the vulture, sent us back the way we had come.

Lying across the road was a male, about two and a half years old. He seemed unimpressed by our interrupting his afternoon nap.

He got up and went to lie in the grass with his sister and brother. We watched each other for about 10 minutes, until, bored, the lions sauntered away.

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Is Orengo charting his path away from Raila?

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History of intense rivalry between him and Opposition leader, alleged sabotage in 2013 and 2017 elections and talk of betrayal ahead of 2022.

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Police Deploy Chopper to Rescue Students Lost in Forest for 4 Days –

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Three students who went missing after a forest adventure in Mt Kenya, Karatina, Nyeri County, were finally rescued on Saturday after four days in the jungle.

Four days without food, the boys told members of the press that they survived by the grace of God.

17-year-old Anthony Muhoro, Jackson Karuri, 17, and David Mukoma Kinyua, 20, went missing on May 4.

Muhoro is a Form Three student at Gitunduti Secondary School, Karuri is also a Form Three but at Ihwagi Secondary School while Kinyua is a student at Nyeri National Polytechnic.

Also found alive were two dogs that were in the company of the three when they were reported missing.

Read: Missing Businesswoman Caroline Wanjiku Maina’s Body Found In A Kajiado Mortuary

The rescue team comprised of police officers who after four days of futile search deployed a National Police Service chopper to locate the students who were on the verge of despair.

In the Saturday search, the Nation reports, the officers teamed up with Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service rangers to comb the forest in search of the students.

In an interview with the local publication, Muhoro revealed that they were hiking when they lost their way back home.

“It was by the grace of God that we survived for four days without food and other necessities. We thought we were going to die and kept praying,” Muhoro said in a phone interview.

Read Also: Missing Thika Millionare Julius Gitau Found Alive – Police

“We literally groped in the dark after losing our way back home. We survived on water and wild fruits since we had not carried any food.”

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According to the student, the trio entered the forest through Ragati gate but couldn’t trace their way home hours later.

“We found ourselves deep into the dense woods. I don’t know how far it was from the edges of the forest but we were exhausted,” he said.

“We could not even tell the time since it was constantly dark. That is when panic set in.”

They could not communicate with anyone back at home as their mobile phones lost signals.

Read Also: Son To Murdered Kiambaa Family Reported Missing

“We started moving in the forest, literary going in circles in a desperate attempt to find our way out,” Muhoro said.

Days later as they moved around the forest with the hope of finding an exit, they ‘miraculously’ met some police officers and forest rangers who alerted the rest of the search team.

Mathira East Police Commander James Baraza, who led the operation, said the trio’s disappearance was reported at Karatina Police Station the same day they went missing and a search operation launched immediately.

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Police in hot pursuit of gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident – KBC

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The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

Kiambu based detectives are pursuing a dangerous and armed criminal gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident on Friday, before disappearing with his Toyota Premio as he drove to his residence.

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According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI), the victim had pulled over by the apartment’s gate at Ruaka One River Apartments, unaware that a gang of three assailants was laying in wait for him.

As the gates opened, the driver’s window was suddenly smashed with an iron rod, before two shots were fired in the air from a pistol in an attempt to subdue him.

However, he managed to force his way into the parking lot, but before he could jump out of the car and scamper to safety, the trio caught up with him and roughed him up before grabbing his car keys and phone.

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On receiving the report, DCI detectives based at Kiambaa launched a manhunt for the suspects.

The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

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Its rear and front headlights, side mirrors, all tyres, nose guard, boot and radio had been stolen.

Detectives believe that the three suspects are part of a larger criminal syndicate operating within Kiambu County.

They have been targeting taxi drivers while posing as customers, only to turn against them at isolated places, then vandalize their vehicles.

” Some members of the syndicate have previously been arrested and arraigned in court.” Said the DCI

The DCI has cautioned Kenyans on this trend of crime.

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