The Star (Nairobi)

19 July 2011

Kenya: Bill to Protect Migratory Game Routes to Be Tabled

A Bill aimed at protecting game migratory routes is set to be tabled in Parliament. The Bill aims at minimising human-wildlife conflict, the Kenya Wildlife Service board chairman David Mwiraria has said. He said the bill that emphasizes on conservation of the corridors seeks to revise the existing Wildlife Act that had become outdated.

Speaking in Nyahururu town when he handed over classrooms set up by the Nyandarua KWS for Manguo primary school, Mwiraria said some Kenyans had encroached on wildlife habitats thus increasing cases of conflict between humans and wildlife. The former finance minister appealed to MPs to pass the Bill.

Mwiraria at the same time decried vandalisation of electric fences that surround forests in Laikipia County and urged local residents to help the security agents to contain the vice by arresting the culprits. He underscored the need to produce crops against invasion by elephants at the Silale and other villages situated near Marmanet forest.

Nyandarua district game warden Peter Lekeren said following construction of electric fences around forests where elephants live, reduced cases of wildlife-human conflict had been recorded in the last five years. He said in the year 2006, 166 cases were reported as compared to this year where only 48 had been recorded. He said 15 compensations were paid out in the year 2005 while only two were done last year.

But as Lekeren was upbeat, Laikipia West MP Ndiritu Muriithi paraded members of a family whose member had been killed by a lion at Lobere village in Ng'arua division of his constituency. John Gitogo said her sister Martha Nduta had gone to collect milk from the neighbour's home when she was attacked.

Gitogo said only a skull was recovered in the bush. The piece was taken to Nyahururu district hospital mortuary for identification, he said. The two classrooms and a sanitation improvement block were built at a cost of Sh2.9 million Mwiraria promised that KWS would continue building more classrooms until the school was complete. The new mayor for Nyahururu Municipality Timothy Nduhiu said the council would avail Sh2 million to start construction of the secondary school section in the 10 acre compound.

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