Residents of Kajiado Central are up in arms against increased
human-wildlife conflicts that have continued to wreak havoc in the region.
The residents drawn from Maparasha, Osilalei and Emotoroki villages on
Monday blocked the busy Nairobi- Namanga highway at Il Bissil town to
protest against rampant attacks from elephants.
The agitated residents complained that the about 30 elephants have
destroyed boreholes and invaded their homes and farms and they were now
living in fear.
Learning activities have also been affected as children can no longer go to
school early for fear of being attacked by the marauding jumbos.
“Pupils have been forced to report to school at 10 am and leave as early as
3 pm to avert attacks and this will affect their performance,” a resident
Joseph Risa, a resident of Maparasha, said the animals have caused untold
mayhem in the area.
He said they were fed up with frequent attacks from the wild animals and
threatened that they would kill any wild animals straying into their farms
to push the government to act.
Risa accused Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) of laxity in their work claiming
that they had failed to protect them and their property from attacks.
“These elephants have continued to attack us and destroy our property. They
have destroyed our crops and boreholes and we are now living in fear. We
are fed up and KWS must act now and come and take away their animals or
else we will be forced to kill them,” said Risa
Another resident, Jenifer Nasinkoi, said they were afraid of contracting
water-borne diseases as the jumbos had destroyed more than five boreholes
in the area thus contaminating domestic water.
She called on KWS to act fast and relocate the animals before more damage
was done and offer compensation for the losses they had incurred.
KWS Senior County Warden Muteru Njauni acknowledged that cases of
human-wildlife conflict had risen in the area as a result of the drought as
the animals change their migration patterns in search of water and pastures.
He revealed that KWS was planning to relocate the elephants out of the area
to Tsavo-East national park so as to minimize the conflict and urged the
residents to remain calm.
Njauni urged residents not to take the law into their hands and report any
animals that stray into their farms to their office immediately for action
to be taken.
The County Warden revealed that game rangers had increased patrols in the
area and school children were being escorted to school early in the morning
and late in the evenings to ensure that they were safe.