Kajiado residents threaten to kill all stray wildlife (Kenya)


Kurgat Marindany, The Star

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Residents of Loitokitok, Kajiado county, have threatened to kill all stray wildlife if the government does not compensate them for those killed by the animals.

They have said the government should either pay the families of those killed in the last five years by January 31, or “pay the price”.

Thirteen people were reportedly killed by wild animals between August and December last year.

Politician Thomas Lekanaya said that during the same period, 103 people were maimed by elephants in the three group ranches in the county.

The residents said their areas have been hardest hit by a drought that has forced wild animals to move from Tsavo West National Park to their farms.

“The few water points in our ranches have been invaded by elephants. Not a single day goes by without cases of human-wildlife conflicts,” said farmer Peter Kuya.