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Families demand Sh170m for deaths caused by wildlife

By Christine Tarayie.

Families of five residents of Kajiado County who have since January this year been reportedly killed by wildlife, and more than 90 persons injured, have demanded compensation amounting to Sh170 million.
The compensation which has been pending for long, covers cattle killed and a huge acreage of crops destroyed by while animals.
James Kilapai of Empakasi village lost 10 sheep after a lion attacked his home leaving several others injured.
Two days prior to the incident, a stray lion killed five cows belonging to Lankeu Sankaire in the same village bordering Nairobi National Park to the south and marauding jumbos also attacked a man at village in Eyarat area in Kajiado West.
Locals claim their appeals to Kenya Wildlife Services have been in vain.
Empakasi village residents raised the alarm after a lion killed a man in the area last year. Kelvin Tapayia from Birika village lost 5 goats after a lion attacked his herd at 3am.
Angry residents have now threatened to retaliate by killing the lion, prompting the intervention of Kajiado County Commissioner David Kipkemei and other security agencies.
Kipkemei assured the residents the Government through KWS will pay Sh170 million as compensation to those affected.
Nine communal ranches bordering Amboseli National Park in Kajiado South have signed an agreement with the park to allow wildlife into private sanctuaries.Efforts to get comment from KWS officers in Kajiado proved futile.

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