The Star (Nairobi)

12 April 2014

Kenya: Narok Passes Maasai Mara Revenue Bill

THE Narok county assembly on Thursday passed the Maasai Mara Game Reserve Revenue Bill. The new revenue bill is now waiting to be assented to law by Governor Samuel Tunai.

According to the bill, communities in Narok will get 19 per cent of the total revenue collected from Masai Mara Game Reserve as park fees, donations, grants and other sources after approval by the Finance executive.

The members voted to allocate 58 per cent of the money to the communities living around the world famed game reserve and not the 60 per cent proposed earlier.

The bill indicates that Kimintet, Naikarra, Siana, Narosura-Maji Moto, Mara and Lolgorian wards, which border the reserve, will get 58 per cent while the others will get 28 per cent.

Majority leader Stephen Kudate said the six wards will get a bigger share of the allocations to cushion them against the effect of the wildlife-human life conflict. "These wards also do not do any farming," Kudate said.

Eight per cent of the amount will be disbursed through the governor's office to meet various community needs such as emergencies and cultural preservation. Two per cent will be used for administrative purposes by the funds board and four per cent will go to special interest groups.

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