Kajiado residents protest increased attacks from elephants

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Kajiado residentsprotest increased attacks from elephants
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Residents of Kajiado Central are up in arms against increased human-wildlife conflicts that have continued to wreak havoc in the region. 

The residents drawn from Maparasha, Osilalei and Emotoroki villages on Monday blocked the busy Nairobi- Namanga highway at Il Bissil town to protest against rampant attacks from elephants.

The agitated residents complained that the about 30 elephants have destroyed boreholes and invaded their homes and farms and they were now living in fear.

Learning activities have also been affected as children can no longer go to school early for fear of being attacked by the marauding jumbos.

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“Pupils have been forced to report to school at 10 am and leave as early as 3 pm to avert attacks and this will affect their performance,” a resident said.

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Joseph Risa, a resident of Maparasha, said the animals have caused untold mayhem in the area.

He said they were fed up with frequent attacks from the wild animals and threatened that they would kill any wild animals straying into their farms to push the government to act.

Risa accused Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) of laxity in their work claiming that they had failed to protect them and their property from attacks.

“These elephants have continued to attack us and destroy our property. They have destroyed our crops and boreholes and we are now living in fear. We are fed up andKWS must act now and come and take away their animals or else we will be forced to kill them,” said Risa

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Another resident, Jenifer Nasinkoi, said they were afraid of contracting water-borne diseases as the jumbos had destroyed more than five boreholes in the area thus contaminating domestic water.

She called on KWS to act fast and relocate the animals before more damage was done and offer compensation for the losses they had incurred.

KWS Senior County Warden Muteru Njauni acknowledged that cases of human-wildlife conflict had risen in the area as a result of the drought as the animals change their migration patterns in search of water and pastures.

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He revealed that KWS was planning to relocate the elephants out of the area to Tsavo-East national park so as to minimize the conflict and urged the residents to remain calm.

Njauni urged residents not to take the law into their hands and report any animals that stray into their farms to their office immediately for action to be taken.

The County Warden revealed that game rangers had increased patrols in the area and school children were being escorted to school early in the morning and late in the evenings to ensure that they were safe.

 

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