NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 14 – The government has released Sh18.4 million for compensation to families of people killed or injured by wildlife across the country.
A statement from KWS says the money is to be paid to victims and next of kin by District Commissioners in eight conservation areas.
“The payments were approved for payment by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife at a ministerial wildlife compensation committee meeting in February 2013,” the statement explained.
“Two hundred and thirty cases, out of which 46 were deaths and 184 injury cases were reported and approved for payment by the national committee. Snake bites constituted majority of these cases.”
Central Rift will receive Sh5.9 million, Coast Sh0.2 million, Western Sh2.9 million, Eastern Sh2.1, Mountain Sh2.05 million, Northern Sh2.1 million, Tsavos Sh2.3 million and Southern will get Sh0.85 million.
This was done even as wild animals continue to cause deaths to people living around national parks and other reserves.
In an incidence reported to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), a stray lioness was speared to death in a retaliatory attack by communities at Lemong’o area near Amboseli National Park in Kajiado County.
The lioness had attacked and killed three goats in a ‘boma’ (animal shed) at a household in the village. Apparently it was unable to exit the shed only for the villagers to attack it with spears and arrows.
The KWS officials responded immediately after getting the report.
Late last month, a moran was left nursing injuries after he was attacked by lions at Olgotum Hill within Merrueshi area of Mashuru District in Kajiado County.
In a retaliatory attack, an estimated 300 morans killed a lioness after a pride of five lions was believed to have invaded their animal shed.
An estimated 41 goats and one cow were killed in the incident.
The government has also increased its vigilance on the poachers after an alarming hunt in various parts of the country likely to reduce the numbers of wildlife animals.
“Four suspected poachers were gunned downed and another escaped with injuries when KWS rangers were engaged in a shootout at Ngare Ndare forest within Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a renowned and dedicated rhino sanctuary on Friday,” the statement reads.
The rangers were on patrol when they encountered the gang of five men within the sanctuary.
The suspects were killed after they refused to surrender and started a shootout which left four members of the gang dead. Their accomplice escaped with injuries.
A G3 rifle, seven rounds of ammunition and assorted poaching weapons were recovered. Police from Isiolo visited the scene of crime and are helping with further investigations while still pursuing the accomplice who escaped in the neighbouring areas.
KWS rangers were not hurt in the early evening shoot out.