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Reviewing the Compensation Act

The  government will review the Compensation Act which addresses human-wildlife conflict to curb complaints about delays and inadequate compensation by relatives of the victims.

Speaking  in Kisumu on Monday, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for  Wildlife, Joseph Boinett emphasized the need for sensitizing the public to learn how to co-exist with the wildlife.

Boinnet  said they would partner with local communities and respective county governments to ensure they play a critical role in the conservation of wildlife and the environment.

The  CAS  was leading a high-powered team visiting Western Kenya tourism circuit that, included the Principal Secretary (PS) State Department for Wildlife, Prof. Fred Segor, the Director General Kenya Wildlife Services, John Waweru  and  the  Nyanza Regional Commissioner (RC), James Kianda.

The team was scheduled to visit Homa Bay, Migori and Siaya among other counties to sensitize the public to appreciate the value of wildlife ahead of the World Wildlife Day celebrations Tuesday.

PS Segor appealed to the public to remain patient as a task force had already been set up to tackle the challenges raised by respective families of victims of human-wildlife conflict.

He emphasized the importance of protecting rare species such as the roan antelope which is threatened with extinction.

Prof. Segor disclosed that his team has deliberately picked Homa Bay where the roan antelope was at the mercy of poachers apart from being threatened by wild fires.

Kianda  decried persistent pollution of Lake  Victoria by industries, organizations and farming activities uphill as they poured raw effluent and other chemicals into the water mass.

The  RC called upon the county government to take stern measures against those behind poor disposal of solid waste which ended up into Lake Victoria, game parks, and wildlife conservancies.

By  Joseph Ouma/Afreen Labani/Moses Ligari

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