Victims of Human-Wildlife Conflict have been asked to exercise a little more patience as the government finalizes details of compensation.
Tourism and Wildlife Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima assured victims that the government is working on modalities to pay off the 15 billion shillings deficit.
Mwakima, who spoke in Meru during celebrations to mark World Elephant Day, said the ministry is aware of its debt amounting to 15 billion shillings to victims, and a compensation plan would soon be rolled out once the budget is allocated, in line with the Wildlife Compensation Act 2013.
She said the compensation will be on a first come first served basis starting with the family of the deceased, those who sustained injuries and finally those who lost property.
Mwakima urged the national government administrators to spread the word on wildlife conservation in public forums.
World Elephant Day comes amid renewed calls for conservation of the jumbos.
KWS says one of the strategies that has raised the elephant population is the establishment of community conservancies.
These strategies are raising hopes for the jumbos whose numbers have dwindled over the years as a result of poaching.