Kajiado county warden Dickson Korir has dispelled claims Maasai morans have killed 16 Amboseli jumbos that strayed into Imbuko location on Friday.
Korir, who spoke to the Star on Saturday, said the claims were untrue and put the number of the dead elephants at two.
“We have are investigating the cause of death for the two jumbos that were found in Imbuko location on Saturday morning. It is too early to apportion blame to anyone but it has to wait until we establish the cause of death,” said Korir.
The warden confirmed the eastern part of the county have recently seen invasion of jumbos from Amboseli national park in to private farms where they destroy property and trees.
“This ongoing drought situation has forced wild animals out of the parks and they are now moving in hordes to private farms in search of water and grazing,” said Korir.
The KWS county boss confirmed that local morans on Friday threatened to kill all the elephants straying in to their farms, adding that the wildlife body was determined to participate in moving them back.
“The local people should also appreciate what the KWS is doing for them in terms of mitigating drought effects in the region by providing them with water. We repair damaged water wells and provide them with fuel for pumping water from established boreholes,” said Korir.
On Friday, an estimated 400 Maasai morans in Imbuko location, Mashuuru Sub County, were refrained from killing stray elephants by local deputy county commissioner, Stephen Nyakundi.
The men who were armed with spears had vowed to kill all the elephants estimated to be in a herd of more than 70 jumbos.
But before they could attack the first bull said to be leading the herd in destroying crops and other vegetation in people’s farms, Nyakundi pleaded with them against doing so.
Nyakundi managed to convince the morans against attacking the elephants but with a condition from the local men, who said they would only give Kenya Wildlife Service two days to drive the jumbos back to Amboseli national park.
The invaded area in Imbuko Location is on the border of Amboseli and the Tsavo national parks.
Nyakundi said he agreed with the local people that elephants from the two national parks had caused damage to property and were a threat to humans.
“When the schools are open like now, these elephants can be very dangerous to our children. The KWS have agreed to drive the jumbos in the next two days failure to which the morans said they will kill all of them,” said Nyakundi.
The DCC caught up with the morans while they were in the forest the elephants following chronic menace caused by the jumbos.
The morans argued that they were forced to take the law into their hands after the KWS failed to respond in real time.
Our spot check revealed the KWS officials started arriving in Imbuko location in the afternoon of Friday to start the exercise, which might require helicopters so as to beat the time given by the morans.
Several people have also complained of elephants’ invasion around Suntan Hills, Merrueshi and in some farms near Emali town. All those areas mentioned are in Kenyewa-Poka ward in Kajiado East constituency.