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Human-Wildlife Cases Pill up in Moyale

Out of the total 245 cases filed to the Kenya Wildlife Services for compensation in Moyale only one death has been paid since the year 2013.

The compensation claims which were filed with KWS include deaths, injuries, crop destruction, and predation of livestock.

According to a report presented today the Moyale National government Service Delivery committee meeting by the KWS officer in charge Moyale station Bakata Chote, only one death out of  the 12 cases presented to KWS has been paid, eight cases of death have been approved while three are still pending to either be approved or rejected.

Bakata however noted that all pending cases before enactment of the Act 2013 had been processed and presented to the ministry for payment.

According to a demographic report by the Auditor General by December last year, the report revealed that cases presented for consideration for compensation to the KWS are yet to be paid since 2013, while the service is also yet to operationalize 35 County Wildlife conservation and compensation committees.

As a result, the KWS owe victims Sh.2.2 billion in unpaid compensation claims from the period 2014 to 2016.

The Moyale sub-county Service Delivery Committee under the chairmanship of area Deputy County Commissioner Patrick Mumali has appealed to the national government to consider bringing services nearer to the people, whereby instead of the cases being referred to Nairobi for review and deliberation on who should be paid they should be brought to the county level.

By Gatana Muchira


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