The Star (Nairobi)

12 December 2012

Kenya: Vipingo On the Spot Over Two Boys Hurt By Crocodiles

A Coast lobby group has asked Vipingo Ridge managers to meet the cost of treatment for two boys who were attacked by a crocodile at a dam in the ridge on Saturday.

Human Rights Agenda programmes officer Eric Mgoja said the management should take responsible for the attack. Julius Tangai and Tom Tangai, who are brothers, were passing near the dam on their way home in Gongoni on Saturday when they were attacked by the crocodiles. The boys were hurt in the legs and arms.

Mgoja said the managers of the ridge have not put into consideration the security of people living near the ridge. "Vipingo Ridge is to blame for all this and without delay the management should address the problem. They should settle all hospital bills and compensate them fully for the damages caused," said Mgoja.

Due to the ongoing nurses strike, the boys have not been taken to hospital. The boys' father, Tangai Chinando, said efforts to talk to Vipingo managers have failed.

"We have tried to talk to the management of the ridge but we have not succeeded. We are still trying to see if we will get them to help us cater for the cost of treatment," Chinando said.

The dam was constructed a long time ago but the management of the ridge erected a wall around its compound and the dam. However, an access road to the villages west of the ridge was created near the dam.

It is not clear whether the crocodiles are being reared by the farm or found their way into the dam during the heavy rains. Vipingo Ridge CEO Roberts Ward said he had not yet heard of the incident from but promised to investigate how the boys were attacked.

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