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Kajiado Families Get Sh70 Million In Human/Wildlife Conflicts Compensation

County Tourism Minister Florence Waiganjo with County Tourism and Wildlife Director, Samson Lenjirr in Kajiado town on June 11.

Kenya Wildlife Service on Wednesday released 14 names of victims of human/wildlife conflict in Kajiado County who are to be compensated.

The good news emerged three days after KWS announced in a press release that compensation for deaths occasioned by wild animals was being processed for disbursement.

County Tourism and Wildlife Minister, Florence Waiganjo, at a press conference in Kajiado, said KWS has published 14 names of beneficiary families to receive a total of Sh70 million.

“We are in receipt of the names of those who were unfortunately killed by wild animals between 2016 and 2017. KWS has made an indication to pay their kin Sh5 million each as recommended,” said Waiganjo.

The list provided by KWS indicates the names of the victims, date of death, the cause, next of kin and amount to be handed over.

The late Mparo Makorot from Loitokitok, who was killed by an elephant on December 12, 2016, was awarded Sh5 million.

Saisa Timapu killed by a lion on February 2, 17, Nailepo Ene Tiges (snake) on April 15, 2017, Sammy Kithuka Musau (elephant) May 11, 17, Ntoyai Sironka (snake) November 2, 2015, Mairabi ole Masarie (elephant) March 25, 2016, Sampere Kilowa (elephant) December 29, 2016.

Others are; Elvis Ntasikoi Munei (elephant) January 4, 2017, John Kefaya Kiono (snake) November 9, 2014, Lamkoi Lesinet (snake) April 14, 2015, Rais ole Sintei (elephant) May10, 201, Nkapi Lemarrow Taiko (lion) July 7, John Ntoipo Njaio (elephant) March 6, 2016 and Matayian Lenkaaki (elephant) July 3, 2016.

Waiganjo said KWS is currently in the process of disbursing funds availed by the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife to pay families of people unfortunately killed by wildlife after due process and verification is done.

Earlier, KWS spokesman Ngugi Gacaga had said the agency had put in place elaborate measures to mitigate a surge of human-wildlife conflict cases in Kajiado County and other parts of the country in the recent past.

“On compensation for deaths occasioned by wild animals, KWS is currently in the process of disbursing funds availed by the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife to pay families of people unfortunately killed by wildlife after due process and verification is done,” Gacaga said on Friday last week.

Waiganjo condoled with the families of the 3 death people who were attacked and killed by elephants in Masimba and Merrueshi three weeks ago.

“Let me take this opportunity to condole with families who lost their loved ones in the last three weeks to marauding elephants in Masimba and Merrueshi,” said Waiganjo.

She said Governor Joseph Lenku has been concerned with the delay in compensation of lives lost in human/wildlife conflicts.

“We are happy as Kajiado County today to note that some of our people who lost their lives to menacing wild animals are being considered for compensation now,” said Waiganjo.

The county minister also took the opportunity to thank Sheldrick Foundation, Big Life Foundation, IFAW and KWS for their continued support of wildlife conservancy in the county and for playing a major role in controlling the upsurge on human/wildlife conflict in the county.

Waiganjo was flanked during the presser by County Tourism and Wildlife Director, Samson Lenjirr.

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