MY ENGAGEMENT WITH AFRICAN PARKS NETWORK (APN) WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LEASING OF TWO ISIOLO GAME RESERVES FROM THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF ISIOLO VIA MAIL

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Dear Mr. Parker.

Thanks for your prompt response though you left some grey areas unanswered.Β  The whole thing has been littered with allegations and public outcry. I am a bona fide resident of Isiolo County and I would have preferred if due process was duly followed because the law of Kenya which is supreme demands public participation. Therefore, I seek your indulgence once again to furnish me with the real status quo of the whole project.

With Regards.

Salad Malicha

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On Tue, 23 Feb, 2016 at 15:59, Andrew Parker

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Mr. Andrew Parker’s response

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On Thu, 25 Feb, 2016 at 10:03, Andrew Parker
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Dear Mr Malicha

Thank you for this feedback. I am not sure how much you know about African Parks but our model is very simply geared towards investing in the development of protected areas in Africa. We don’t ever buy or lease public ground but rather enter into partnerships with the public sector whereby we take on direct management responsibility for a protected area, including the funding and financing of all operations with a view towards optimising tourism potential, conservation potential and community development, for the benefit of people and wildlife. However, we ultimately remain accountable to the Government (in this case it would be the ICG-Isiolo County Government) and we believe our model introduces the accountability that is often sorely lacking in the financing and management of protected areas. We are really only aiming to use our expertise and funds to develop and enhance the two reserves which we believe represent an iconic African landscape. We won’t ever own the reserves and we won’t be leasing them – they will always remain in the public sector domain. In terms of compliance with law, we have gone to great lengths to ensure whatever we do is absolutely consistent with prevailing legislation in Kenya and have consulted a Nairobi based legal firm to assist us in this regard.

If the negotiations reach a successful conclusion, we will simply be managing the reserves on behalf of ICG (Isiolo County Government) hopefully unlock their full potential, with African Parks taking on the full financial burden associated with doing this.

We are a not-for-profit NGO and our goal is to try and make protected areas as financially self-sustainable as possible so that one day when/if we exit a project, the protected area can continue to stand and function on its own with limited dependency on aid or Government subsidies.Β 

I sincerely hope this addresses your questions and concerns?

Kind regards

Andrew

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MY QUERY TO APN AGAIN

Thank you very much Mr. Parker. Your response is not near satisfactory. However, what informed your interest with Isiolo County Government?Β  Do you mind to give me the legal firm that you are currently engaging which is based in Nairobi as you stated. It will be prudent if you can give me the contact person for more serious engagement.

With regards from Nairobi

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On Thu, 25 Feb, 2016 at 10:03, Andrew Parker

MY LAST MAIL TO MR. PARKER
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Greatings from Kenya Mr. Parker

I hope and do believe that you are doing good in Johannesburg in South Africa. My communique is still on the same issue we have been ventilating for the last five days. I am glad that you responded to my queries regarding the project you want to initiate in Kenya. Particularly the issue of game Reserves in Isiolo County. Secondly, your response was rather prompt and you highlighted much about the broad objectives of your organisation which I appreciated it with profound gratitude.

Be that as it may, you clearly pointed out that the deal is a public-private partnership between African Parks Network and Isiolo County Government which has been initiated some time back. However,Β  I would have wished to know the lead negotiators on behalf of the people of Isiolo County,Β  the law firm that is based in Nairobi as legal consultant and lastly who is the contact person from the said firm whom I can directly engage?

With lots of regards

Salad Malicha

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MR. PARKER’S RESPONSE
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Dear Salad

I am presently in the Netherlands to attend meetings and unfortunately have limited opportunity to attend to emails. Will it be possible for us to pick this up again next week once I am back in Johannesburg for a few days?

Many thanks

Andrew

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Thanks for your response Mr. Parker.Β  I will be looking forward for more serious engagementΒ  next week.

With regards from Nairobi

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On Mon, 29 Feb, 2016 at 16:15, Andrew Parker

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ANOTHER REMINDER TO PARKER
AFTER HIS ITINERARY IN NETHERLANDS ELAPSED
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Hello Mr. Parker

I hope and do believe that you are back from safely from Netherlands.Β  I am expecting you to respond to my queries.

Thanks.

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On Tue, 1 Mar, 2016 at 8:42, salad guyo
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MR. PARKER’S RESPONSE TO MY MAIL YESTERDAY(08/03/2016)AT 8.36 AMπŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

Dear Salad

I am indeed back from Kenya. Please can you provide me with some more details on who you are and your role in Isiolo?

Many thanks

Andrew

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Hello Mr. Parker

I did not know that you were in Kenya because in our last conversation you categorically stated that you are in Netherlands and you are too busy to response to mails. If I knew that you happened to be in Kenya, I would wished to have one on one engagement with you.

Be that as it may,Β  you asked me who I am and my role in Isiolo???? First thing first,Β  I am bona-fide resident of Isiolo, raised and brought up in Isiolo County. My interest on this matter has been triggered by allegations and secrecy surrounding the lease of two game reserves by Isiolo County Government to APN, though you said it is private-public partnership. On the same note it is my constitutional rights and within existing relevant statutes to know the truth on this in line with public participation mantra. I am not a member of civil society or any other organisation that borders on activism.

I believe I have responded to your queries.

Regards,

Salad Malicha.

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On Tue, 8 Mar, 2016 at 8:36, Andrew Parker
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MY ADDITIONAL ADDENDUM TO THE ABOVE QUERY TO MR. PARKER πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡

To add to my earlier statement;Β  I am a bit perplexed that you are inquiring who I am and my role in Isiolo, you should have asked me this when we started engaging each otherΒ  at the rudimentary stage. However,Β  I have no personal interest on this matter whatsoever!Β  But as a responsible citizen who hails from Isiolo County,and much more this venture being a public property is what triggered my interest in it unless the entire deals is shrouded in mystery and secrecy.

Regards.

Salad Malicha

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On Thu, 10 Mar, 2016 at 4:08, salad guyo
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MR. PARKER’S RESPONSE TO MY ABOVE QUERY WHICH HE COPIED TO CEC TOURISM ISIOLO COUNTY GOVERNMENT πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘‡

Hi Salad

My apologies – I meant the Netherlands. I am running around again (just landed in Rwanda) so the email below was sent in haste. I can confirm that I was at the Save Wildlife Conference last week in the Hague (see the video at the following link for confirmation – I am the bald guy in the blue jacket speakinghttp://www.savewildlife.nl/news/news/2016/03/05/video-3-days-save-wildlife-conference-in-3-minutes ). I was one of the plenary speakers and had the good fortunate to meet up with the new PS of the environment from Kenya, Margaret Mwakima. If/when I am next in Kenya, it would indeed be good to meet up.Β  I am copying Suleiman Shunu from the ICG on this email in the interests of complete transparency.

Thank you for your feedback below. I don’t think there has been any secrecy involved in the process at all. We have been working with the ICG to ensure we follow due process and have been advised that the project needs to be approved by the County Assembly and Cabinet which is now in process. As previously mentioned, we engaged with Coulson Harney in Nairobi to obtain legal advice on the correct process to follow and together with input from the ICG, we aim to make sure everything is transparent and in order. Already in our discussions with the ICG we have made provision for a lengthy sensitisation process to be followed to inform all local residents and communities.

There isn’t really much more to say not because we are trying to hide anything but because the process still has to unfold and run its course. Even though the construct of the agreement may approximate a public-private partnership and although we generally do use PPPs as a means of partnering with host Governments, in this case it is likely we will proceed on the basis of a management agreement with ICG under the auspices of the recently proclaimed Kenya Wildlife Act. As a conservation NGO with a dedicated focus on protected area management, our only interest is to help advance the protection and optimisation of Shaba and Buffalo Springs. We do try and retain as much operating revenue as possible at a project level but this is ploughed straight back into funding operations to improve management. We are a not-for-profit organisation and our projects are funded by a means of donor funding, our own cash reserves (provided by a wealthy philanthropist we gave us a draw-down fund to enable new project development) and where relevant, operating revenue from tourism operations. There is not a single project in our portfolio where operating revenues exceed operating overheads and we make contributions to all the projects we manage. For instance in Zambia, we have contributed in excess of $16m since 2004 in the management of Liuwa Plain National Park and this investment is purely in the interests of advancing conservation in Zambia.

Kind regards

Andrew

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