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A troop of over 50 monkeys wreak havock in Tetu

07 July 2014, 17:03 James Kabotia

Tetu, Nyeri - A farmer in Miagayuini village in Tetu is counting losses after over 50 monkeys invaded his farm destroying more than 100 of his cedar trees.

Titus Muthui Ndirangu said that the monkeys, which came from the nearby Aberdare forest, ate the barks of the trees leaving them to wither.

He said that his efforts to reach the nearby Kenya Wildlife Services offices for help did not bear any fruits as they asked him to report back when the monkeys invade the farm again.

The over 70-year-old farmer said that the monkeys have brought him a loss of over half a million adding that he makes his living selling the trees.

The trees were his retirement investment after he retired from the civil service in 1995.

"I decided to plant these cedars and invested heavily on this project, knowing that it was the only economic activity that could sustain my basic needs,'' he said.

He is now asking KWS to compensate him.

“KWS should compensate me and keep off the animals from our farms as they are doing more harm than god to us,” he said.

He added that this is not the first time the monkeys invaded his farm as a similar incident occurred in March.

Muthui added that the monkeys destroyed 50 trees in March, which have since dried up.

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