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Victims of human wildlife conflicts in Laikipia receive compensation

27 April 2015, 11:33

Nyeri - The Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) has compensated several people with KES 550 000 for injuries and loss of life caused by wild animals in Laikipia County last year.

Seven of those who suffered injuries received KES 50 000 each, while the family of one who died in an attack received KES 200 000.

Laikipia County Commissioner, Wilson Wanyanga who presided over the ceremony at Laikipia County Information hall on behalf of the government, apologized to the victims for the loss of life and injuries sustained in attacks by wildlife.

“The national and county governments are taking human-wildlife conflicts seriously, and this is evidenced by an electric fence being constructed in the North Western side of the County to deter wildlife from straying into human habitat,” Wanyanga noted.

He said dialogues are being carried out between the local ranchers and the two levels of governments to contain the conflicts.

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He noted that there is a great challenge in Laikipia North sub-County where elephants co-exist with human beings, exposing both to danger.

He asked residents not to kill the wild animals when they stray into their habitats, but to instead report to KWS immediately for action to be taken.

The commissioner further urged those compensated to invest the money wisely to uplift their families’ living standards.

Laikipia County senior Warden, Richard Chepkwony said the compensation rate has been raised to KES 2 million for an injury and KES 3 million for death resulting from attacks by wildlife.

He said the revised rates are contained in the new Act and also include compensation for damage of property.

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