Govt hands over Ksh 6.7m compensation funds to Isiolo residents

Written By: Hunja Macharia/Bruno Mutunga
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12 residents from Isiolo who were injured by wild animals between the year 2014 and 2017 will a total of Ksh 6.7 Million as compensation.

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Nine of the beneficiaries suffered snake bites, two were attacked by crocodiles along the banks of Ewaso Nyiro river while one person was injured by a buffalo.

The12 are set to receive an average of Ksh 600,000 each to help them recover from the inconveniences caused as a result of the injuries.

Speaking at the Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters in Burat area of Isiolo where he officially opened a Ksh 3 Million social hall constructed courtesy of the Northern Rangelands Trust, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said that the funds will go a long way towards helping resolve cases of Human-Wildlife in the region.

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He said the compensation is a also a gesture to restore confidence among members of the public that the Government is committed to supporting its citizen when they suffer such unfortunate incidents.

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Balala noted that the Government had earlier paid ksh 45 million to nine Isiolo families who lost their loved ones due to wildlife attacks, acknowledging that there is still a backlog of ksh 6 billion in unpaid claims across the Country.

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The CS further announced a Ksh 20 Million kitty to rehabilitate the Serena-Loruko bridge that links Bufallo Springs game reserve In Isiolo County with Samburu game Reserve in Samburu County.

Various leaders who spoke at the event lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to allocate Ksh 1 Billion to cushion conservation efforts from the adverse effects of Covid 19 pandemic during the recently announced economic stimulus programme.

The Northern Rangelands Trust CEO Tom Lalampaa hailed the move as historic, noting that never again has the national government shown such support towards conservation efforts.

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According to CS Balala, part of the funds will be used to pay rangers and scouts working across 160 conservancies across the Country while the rest will be used to set up an endowment fund that will help the conservancies in case of similar hardships in future.

CS Balala was in the company of Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti, Isiolo North MP Hassan Odha, Maara MP Japhet Kareke Mbiuki, Chief Administrative Secretary Joseph Boinnet, and Principal Secretary Fred Segor among other leaders.

 

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