In Summary
  • Governor Joseph ole Lenku accused KWS of fuelling the conflict by continuously harassing herdsmen.
  • The governor also said that the human-wildlife conflict has claimed 37 lives of residents living around the park in the recent past.
  • However, he did not give more details of the killing of the jumbos.

Seven elephants have been killed in Kajiado as the human-wildlife conflict in the county worsens.

The jumbos were killed in Porka Village, Kenyewa ward in Kajiado East Constituency on Friday evening.

On Saturday, Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku accused the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) of fuelling the conflict by continuously harassing herdsmen.

Addressing journalists at Baobab Beach Resort and Spa in Kwale County, the governor claimed that KWS has refused to share the five per cent revenue from wildlife with the Maasai community.

"We are aware that there is a law that governs human-wildlife conflict and our people have not benefited yet so we are calling upon KWS to come to the table and address the issue immediately before things go out of hand," Mr Lenku said.

37 PEOPLE DEAD

The governor also said that the human-wildlife conflict has claimed 37 lives of residents living around the park in the recent past, saying this can no longer be tolerated.

"We want to reiterate our commitment and cooperation for living in harmony with the wildlife and we the Maasai are the greatest friends of wildlife particularly but it is sad to say that the good gesture shown by the community towards the wildlife is being abused by KWS," he said.

He said the failure by KWS to compensate the community for their livestock killed and crops destroyed has led to the killing of seven elephants on Friday evening and called on the government through KWS to intervene.

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