@DailyNation

Relocating jumbos not solution to conflicts, Laikipia governor

6 months ago, 13 Mar 00:07

By: Mwangi Ndirangu

The Laikipia County government has ruled out translocation of elephants from Rumuruti Forest as a way of ending human-wildlife conflicts. Governor Ndiritu Muriithi while turning down a request from the farming community to have the elephants moved out of the area said the animals were valuable natural resource for the county and could be a direct source of income to the community. Mr Muriithi challenged the community to invest in campsites and canopy walks where visitors would be charged a fee to see the jumbos. The governor said his administration would support such investments from the County Enterprise Fund which has Sh50 million to lend to entrepreneurs. “The major issue with the residents is that these elephants do not benefit them. We must come up with ways of how we can benefit from these animals. If people start earning something from the elephants, then the animals will stop being loathed,” he said. Governor Muriithi spoke at Gatundia, Kapkures and Riron villages when he handed over materials worth Sh4.2 million for repair of an electric fence built 10 years ago. He agreed with farmers who border Marmanet and Rumuruti forests that elephant population had increased leading to conflicts but relocating them would not be a long lasting solution. He said the Kenya Wildlife Service will soon embark on the construction of a stronger fence that will prevent the animal from straying from their habitat.
Read More


Category: counties news topnews

Suggested

22 hours ago, 11:27
@DailyNation - By: Kevin Odit
Detectives seize 92kgs of heroin in Kikambala, Kilifi County

Detectives mount search for missing tenant. ...

Category: topnews news counties
23 hours ago, 10:28
@DailyNation - By: Macharia Mwangi
Man held on suspicion of raping Briton in Gilgil

Police say woman was waylaid as she returned home from a nearby shop. ...

Category: counties news topnews
1 day ago, 08:32
@DailyNation - By: Joseph Openda
Widow of slain Kiru principal seeks release on bond to provide for her kids

Accused says her children are out of school for lack of fees. ...

Category: counties news topnews
1 day ago, 07:02
@DailyNation - By: Ibrahim Oruko
Mike Sonko claims child trafficking at Pumwani Hospital

Facebook Live is my leadership style, I'm not changing soon, says Nairobi governor. ...

Category: topnews news counties
1 day ago, 00:00
@DailyNation - By: Rushdie Oudia
Governors call in elders to solve border conflicts

There have been sporadic skirmishes on Kericho, Nandi and Kisumu counties’ borders. ...

Category: topnews news counties
1 day ago, 00:00
@DailyNation - By: Siago Cece
Protesters disrupt transport on Mombasa-Nairobi highway

Kibarani was virtually impassable as the angry protesters blocked the busy highway. ...

Category: topnews news counties

@DailyNation

Relocating jumbos not solution to conflicts, Laikipia governor

6 months ago, 13 Mar 00:07

By: Mwangi Ndirangu
The Laikipia County government has ruled out translocation of elephants from Rumuruti Forest as a way of ending human-wildlife conflicts. Governor Ndiritu Muriithi while turning down a request from the farming community to have the elephants moved out of the area said the animals were valuable natural resource for the county and could be a direct source of income to the community. Mr Muriithi challenged the community to invest in campsites and canopy walks where visitors would be charged a fee to see the jumbos. The governor said his administration would support such investments from the County Enterprise Fund which has Sh50 million to lend to entrepreneurs. “The major issue with the residents is that these elephants do not benefit them. We must come up with ways of how we can benefit from these animals. If people start earning something from the elephants, then the animals will stop being loathed,” he said. Governor Muriithi spoke at Gatundia, Kapkures and Riron villages when he handed over materials worth Sh4.2 million for repair of an electric fence built 10 years ago. He agreed with farmers who border Marmanet and Rumuruti forests that elephant population had increased leading to conflicts but relocating them would not be a long lasting solution. He said the Kenya Wildlife Service will soon embark on the construction of a stronger fence that will prevent the animal from straying from their habitat.
Read More

Category: counties news topnews

Suggested

22 hours ago, 11:27
@DailyNation - By: Kevin Odit
Detectives seize 92kgs of heroin in Kikambala, Kilifi County

Detectives mount search for missing tenant. ...

Category: topnews news counties
23 hours ago, 10:28
@DailyNation - By: Macharia Mwangi
Man held on suspicion of raping Briton in Gilgil

Police say woman was waylaid as she returned home from a nearby shop. ...

Category: counties news topnews
1 day ago, 08:32
@DailyNation - By: Joseph Openda
Widow of slain Kiru principal seeks release on bond to provide for her kids

Accused says her children are out of school for lack of fees. ...

Category: counties news topnews
1 day ago, 07:02
@DailyNation - By: Ibrahim Oruko
Mike Sonko claims child trafficking at Pumwani Hospital

Facebook Live is my leadership style, I'm not changing soon, says Nairobi governor. ...

Category: topnews news counties
1 day ago, 00:00
@DailyNation - By: Rushdie Oudia
Governors call in elders to solve border conflicts

There have been sporadic skirmishes on Kericho, Nandi and Kisumu counties’ borders. ...

Category: topnews news counties
1 day ago, 00:00
@DailyNation - By: Siago Cece
Protesters disrupt transport on Mombasa-Nairobi highway

Kibarani was virtually impassable as the angry protesters blocked the busy highway. ...

Category: topnews news counties
Our App