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Lionesses kill sheep in Kajiado

A farmer in Embakasi, Isinya Sub County is counting losses after lionesses killed three of her sheep and critically injured others.

Jackline Kishanto, a livestock keeper, said that the two lionesses have been wandering in the area for days only for them to break into her homestead at 1.00 am last night to kill the remaining part of her flock after the recent drought decimated a bigger part of her animals.

She says despite alerting the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) about the freely roaming lionesses, they never took any action to move the cats from their homesteads only for KWS officers to appear to take photos of her dead animals.

Kishanto is pleading with the KWS to quickly compensate her for the loss adding that this is the second time wildlife have killed her livestock.

“In the year 2019, lions invaded our homestead and killed 12 of my sheep which have not been compensated up to now.  The wildlife is impoverishing me since livestock is my only source of livelihood,” said Kishanto, a widow.

In addition to compensation, she is appealing to the KWS to help her with lighting her home with solar lights to avoid the reoccurrence of such incidences as fencing her homestead has not been effective in wading off the wildlife.

Cases of human-wildlife conflict are rampant in Embakasi location due to its proximity to the Nairobi National Park.

By Diana Meneto

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