Sagalla MCA aspirant decries increased human-wildlife conflict

By Millicent Awour

An aspirant for the Sagalla Civic Ward seat Wabosha Kamata has appealed to the Kenya Wildlife Services –KWS to restrain wild animals from the Tsavo West National Park from invading their farms.

Addressing reporters Ms. Wabosha said residents of Sagalla are having sleepless nights as the wild animals especially elephants are literally living in their farms.

She took issue with KWS that she said has failed to compensate farmers who have continually lost crops to marauding elephants. She said since 2014 KWS has been pledging in vain that it would compensate farmers.

Early this week residents of Sagalla walked for more than 8 kilometers to the KWS community offices near Voi town to express concerns over the continued destruction of their crops by wildlife.

They claimed KWS has neglected its duty of restraining the animals saying elephants have destroyed their maize crop which was ready for harvest.

They said KWS has failed to address the matter despite earlier reports.

The Assistant Director Tsavo Park Conservation area Julius Chemtei however says KWS is putting in place measures restrain the wild life from invading farms.





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