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Loitering animals in Nakuru CBD will be impounded - Governor

10 April 2014, 21:50 Wilshere

Nakuru - Nakuru County governor Kinuthia Mbugua has issued a directive to impound all loitering cows, dogs and goats in the Central Business District of Nakuru town.

Mbugua said there are so many stray animals loitering in the streets of the town and estates and has called for them to be tamed.

All the loitering animals in our towns and estate should be impounded because we need to keep out town clean,” he said.

The governor also said that the owners of the animals would have to pay hefty fines should they fail to tame their animals and comply with the new by-laws.

Speaking on Wednesday at Naka estate in Nakuru town where he was inspecting the newly installed streetlights in the area.  Mbugua issued a warning to the senior council officer in charge of controlling animals. stating that he will be fired if cows are seen loitering.

Should I see more cows loitering in our streets and estate someone will be losing his job but we hope we shall not get there,” he said.

Commenting on human wildlife conflict, the governor called on Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to improve on surveillance at Nakuru National Park saying monkeys have been terrorizing most of the residents of Free Area and Mzee wa Nyama estate.

He said that cases of monkeys attacking people in the two estates have been on the rise adding that something needs to be done before the situation gets out of hand.

He further called on KWS rangers to be guarding the two estate especially now that the county is approaching the planting season.

Our KWS needs to restrain some of the wildlife animals that have been attacking people in Mzee wa Wanyama and Free Area especially during this planting time,” he said.

Mbugua also condemned the ongoing poaching, saying security inside the park needs to beefed up to protect the endangered rhinos and elephants.

He said that the Nakuru County government depends greatly on tourists who visit the local parks in the county.

He challenged the local community, who live in close to the parks to be provide information to KWS rangers if they suspect anyone being involved in poaching activities.

Our county government would be bankrupt if we don’t safeguard our wild animals because tourists will stop coming ,” he said.

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