‘Kenyans affected by human-wildlife conflict will be compensated Ksh2.6 billion’ – CS Malonza
Kenyans affected by the human-wildlife conflict witnessed over the years will be compensated Ksh2.6billion tourism Cabinet Secretary (CS) Peninah Malonza has announced.
Malonza spoke at Katse market in Kitui county when she flagged off the distribution of relief food to locals across the county.
"I have written to the national assembly regarding the approval of Ksh2.6 billion meant for the compensation of families of those who lost their lives to human-wildlife conflicts, the amount will also cater to those injured as well as farmers whose crops were destroyed by wild animals, "Malonza stated.
The former Kitui Deputy Governor expressed optimism that she was determined to clear the pending bills which stood at Ksh5 billion.
"The amount will enable us to pay 2,663 cases. We are waiting for the national assembly to approve so that locals may be compensated, " Malonza added.
Additionally, the CS noted that she was determined to generate more income for the country by improving the ministry of tourism. She also called on farmers in the country to embark on farming since the short rains have started.
"As Kenyans, we consume up to 60% of our farm produce thus the need to engage in farming this short rainy season so that we may have enough food," Malonza said.
"Mumoni sub-county alone has received 1200 sacks of rice,480 sacks of beans and 300 cartons of meat which will benefit 2880 families," Malonza stated.
All other sub-counties in Kitui will each receive 400 sacks of rice,160 bags of beans.
"The government is committed to ending drought through the sinking of earth dams among other water projects. We will also be distributing food to affected counties to both locals and animals," Malonza added.
Leaders present during the exercise were Kitui county commissioner, Erastus Mbui, Kitui Deputy Governor Wambua Kanani, and area Member of County Assembly (MCA) Titus Kasinga among other leaders.