The Star (Nairobi)

24 October 2012

Kenya: Lions Attack Man, Kill Goats

Lions have killed 14 goats and five cows and seriously injured a man in Kajiado. Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Mbugua said the goats were killed in

Kapeto plains on Saturday night while the animals injured the man and killed the cows at Naserian area in Konza on Sunday morning.

"A lion and a lioness with four cubs invaded a manyatta in Konza on Sunday and killed a cow. Morans from the village grouped up and killed the lion after the lioness and the cubs disappeared in the bushes along the railway line," said Mbugua yesterday.

He said four people were arrested after the lion was killed but were released later when the KWS rangers failed to press charges on the suspects. Mzee Kimiti said his brother, Ezekiel ole Kimiti was attacked by the lion at Naserian as he walked to his neighbour in the wee hours of Sunday.

The lion, he said, later went to join the lioness with the four cubs cubs that descended on another manyatta at killed five cows. The elderly Kimiti could not, however, disclose which hospital his brother was taken to after the attack for fear that the KWS rangers may go and arrest him.

"At this point in time, I cannot tell you the location of my injured brother because we hear the KWS are looking for him. He was mauled both his legs and we have brought in a nurse to treat him in the hiding," said Mzee Kimiti.

The Kajiado east parliamentary aspirant, Kakuta Maimai, who also witnessed the damage caused by the lions said it was unfortunate that the KWS rangers were looking for the attack victim to arrest instead of consoling the family that lost five cows to the big cats on Sunday.

Assistant Minister, Joseph Nkaissery, has been on the forefront in telling the Maasai people to discipline by killing marauding lions that trespass into their farms to cause destruction.

"What is more more important between a lion and a cow that will feed your children at the end of the day? Kill them if they misbehave so that your action can sound a wake-up call to the sleepy KWS bosses," said Nkaissery in a past interview.

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