Parliament propose Sh500m additional fund to KWS, says MP (Kenya) 


Linah Musangi, The Star 

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National Assembly Environment committee has sent a proposal for additional Sh500 million to be allocated to Kenya Wildlife Service for compensations.

Mwingi North MP Paul Nzengu revealed this on Wednesday, saying the allocation will fasten compensations.

The MP who is the vice chair of the committee said the proposal was made to the budget and appropriation committee.

Nzengu was speaking in Mandongoi area in Ngomeni ward where stray elephants invaded residents farms.

He said the compensation has reduced from Sh6.5 billion to Sh2.5 billion in the last four years.

The legislator said the committee has resolved that they would first identify the authenticity of the claims before compensating old and new cases respectively.

Nzengu urged residents who have incurred losses following the invasion to fill compensation forms.

“Anyone who incurred any losses following the elephant’s invasion in Mwingi North should visit KWS offices and fill compensation forms,” he said.

However, he said KWS officers have managed to drive away the elephants and are looking into ways of  driving them away completely.

Residents said from 2018, they have suffer heavy losses as elephants destroyed their farms, which are their main source of livelihood.

They said the jumbos sneaked from Kora game reserve which neighbours Ngomeni ward.

Muema Muthui, a resident said a few days ago four elephants came to his homestead posing a great threat to his family members .

Muthui said “One the elephant was very wild and huge, it harmed my cattle and fed on my green grams leaving me with nothing to harvest.”

In recent weeks, school-going children have stayed home due to fears of possible attack by the wild animals.