Kajiado governor Joseph Lenku has appealed to Kenya wildlife service to allow pastoralists graze their animals in their parks during on-going drought.
Lenku claimed KWs has always taken advantage of the Maa community’s hospitality in protecting their animals without any appreciation.
Billions of shillings collected from national parks in Kajiado, he said, is never plowed back to the community through KWS’s corporate social responsibility.
Lenku, who spoke in Kajiado today, said he is speaking on behalf of the community adding that almost all sub-counties in the region have been affected by human/wildlife conflicts.
“We have witnessed worse scenarios in Kajiado South, which is home to Amboseli National Park, where livestock and humans have been attacked and killed by wild animals on daily basis,” claimed the governor.
Kajiado west sub-county, he claimed, residents are in same danger of wild animals grazing in their lands and frequently invading farms.
“What we are saying as Kajiado leaders is that KWS should allow pastoralists graze their livestock in their parks as SCR to the community or else we tell our people to slaughter their wild animals that trespass into their land and make meals out of them,” said Lenku.
Lenku told KWS to pay their game scouts well or else the county government will hire the young men to guard residents’ farms and grazing lands against trespassing wildlife.
“The game scouts are being paid poorly by KWS. Those scouts have families to feed. What can one do with Sh3, 000 per month as salary?” asked Lenku.
The governor gave KWS time to respond to the community demands adding that any delay in response will be followed by a “regrettable action” from the people of Kajiado.
He spoke after meeting over 200 bishops from across the county to strategize on campaigning for the President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election on October 17.
He was accompanied by nominated senator Mary Seneta, county assembly speaker Johnson Osoi and his deputy Martin Moshisho.
The governor added that in the effort to fight drought, his government has set aside Sh50 million for food and water in its supplementary budget.
He said the county drought Management team from Monday next week disburse 10, 000 bags of animal feed will be disbursed to residents on Monday next week to pastoralists affected by the drought.