The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Aspirant's Appeal On Human-Wildlife Conflict

A Narok governor aspirant Johnson ole Nchoe has urged stakeholders in the tourism industry to embrace dialogue to avert human-wildlife conflicts. Nchoe said there is need for a master plan to address the issue and find a lasting solution. He was speaking at the weekend after attending a home-coming party for Oleleshwa ward councillor Kirimpuoti ole Sadera. "The stakeholders should work together and ensure locals do not kill the wildlife in revenge missions," Nchoe said.

He said the wildlife have been moving out of their habitat in Maasai Mara and destroying property worth millions of shillings resulting in human-wildlife conflicts. Nchoe said Maasai Mara has been contributing to the national economy and any issue surrounding it should be resolved amicably. He said the wild animals have hindered learning in some schools in the area. "They have been interrupting the normal learning in schools. Some pupils go for weeks without reporting for fear of being attacked," he said.

Narok is currently designated as one of the human-wildlife conflict hot-spots. Elephants have been identified as the most problematic animals in the region. Meanwhile Nchoe urged local communities to live in harmony. "If you elect me as the founder governor, I assure you I will unite all the communities residing in this cosmopolitan county and I am ready for the challenge," he said.

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