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Kimana farmers cry foul over Jumbo invasions in farms, schools

Destroyed water tank at Loolakir Primary School in Kimana area of Loitokitok.
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Marauding elephants on Saturday night descended on a school in the Kajiado south sub county and brought down its fence before destroying hundreds of tree seedlings.

The unknown number of the Jumbos destroyed trees before descending on the grown seedlings and left Enchoro Enkai Primary School devastated.

This happened two days after jumbos had earlier invaded Loolakir Primary School and damaged water pipes, tanks, and the fence too as they look for what to feed on.

Residents of the Kimana of Loitokitok claim that there is an increased Human/wildlife conflict in areas where agricultural activities take place because of the availability of water.

The elephants destroyed all the tree at Enchoro Enkai Primary School in Kimana.
The elephants destroyed all the tree at Enchoro Enkai Primary School in Kimana.

Isaac Sayioki, a businessman and farmer in Kimana said on Sunday that elephants have been destroying crops on the farms and water connection pipes and tanks in homes.

“This has made the local people view elephants as enemies of development than tourist attractions in their areas,” said Sayioki.

Sayioki said that every season there is drought, wild animals from Amboseli national park move out into the farms in search of water and grazing.

He appealed to the Kenya Wildlife Service to take action on the jumbos that he says has become a threat to human lives in Kimana and the surrounding areas.

“Our children are at risk walking to school in the morning and while returning in the evening. KWS should act fast to curtail the movement of jumbos in human settlement areas,” added Sayioki.

The businessman also appealed to the KWS to provide watchmen in schools in the Amboseli ecosystem with firecrackers that they can use is scaring the jumbos away during the invasion.

Other farmers around Kimana also complained about the invasion of their farms by warthogs, zebras, and wildebeests.

 

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