The Star (Nairobi)

9 January 2013

Kenya: Aspirant Pledges to Tackle Human-Wildlife Conflicts

Narok West parliamentary aspirant Patrick Ntutu has pledged to address human-wildlife conflicts if elected.

Addressing reporters in Narok town yesterday, Ntutu said he will prioritise the issue to avert more losses.

"This is an issue that ought to be addressed once and for all," he said.

The URP hopeful is the younger brother of Tourism former minister Stephen ole Ntutu who is vying for Narok senator.

Ntutu said he will table a bill in Parliament to increase the compensation by KWS to locals who are killed or maimed.

Currently, KWS gives Sh200,000 in case of death and Sh50,000 in case of an injury.

"I also hope to initiate talks between the Narok County Council and Equity bank to revise the agreement that the two parties entered on revenue collection at Maasai Mara.

The agreement is skewed in favour of Equity and the locals may not enjoy the returns for long," said Ntutu.

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