Kenya: State to Pay for Damage By Wildlife


By Kurgat Marindany, The Star

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THE government will pay for all property damaged by straying wildlife in Narok, Kajiado, Isiolo and Laikipia.
Environment PS Richard Lesiyampe made the announcement in Kajiado yesterday when he visited Governor David Nkedianye.
Lesiyampe said the state will compensate for damaged crops, trees and water sources.
It will draft a plan to pay Sh5 million for deaths caused by human-wildlife conflicts.
Lesiyampe did not comment on compensation for those maimed by wildlife in the course of an attack.
The PS said KWS rangers have been equipped with helicopters for patrolling areas prone to human-wildlife conflicts.
Lesiyampe said the government will fence off the Amboseli National Park to keep elephants from straying.
Cases of destruction of property and injuries have been reported in Kyulu and Sultan Hamud.
Lesiyampe said KWS have been sent to Imbuko near Emali, on the boundary of Kajiado South and East, where a man was killed by stray wildlife.
“We advise people to report cases of invasion and attacks by wildlife so that KWS staff can act immediately,” he said.