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Sh2.6B set to compensate wildlife attack victims

Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Peninah Malonza has assured Kenyans that the government is set to compensate victims of wild animal’s attack to the tune of Sh2.6 billion.

Speaking at Katse market when she flagged off distribution of relief food to vulnerable families in Kitui County, Malonza said the funds may soon be released to ensure that the rights of those affected were addressed.

“I have written to the National Assembly and I’m waiting for approval of 2.6 billion shillings’ compensation to families of those who lost lives following these conflicts, and others who were injured or crops destroyed,” said Malonza.

The former Kitui Deputy Governor said the pending bills stood at Sh5billion and she was determined to clear them.

“The amount will enable us to pay 2,663 cases and we are waiting for the national assembly to approve so that locals may be compensated,” said Malonza.

Early this year, Parliament’s Department Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources noted that some of the pending bills are for cases that date as far back as the financial year 2017/2018. Victims have in the past decried the slow compensation process by the KWS.

Government compensated for Crop destruction, livestock predation in case where livestock is attacked and killed by wildlife, human injury and human death.

Malonza added that she’s determined to better the tourism ministry in generating income for the country.

By Charles Matacho

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