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KWS dispatch 23m for compensation
Date Published: 17 Jul, 2012
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) have dispatched Ksh. 23 million for payment to people killed or injured by wildlife across the country.
The money, paid by the state, will be availed to victims and next of kin by District Commissioners in eight conservation areas. The payments were approved for payment by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife at a ministerial wildlife compensation committee meeting in May 2012. Coast conservation area will receive 8.1 million, Mountain 3.2 million, Eastern 2.5 million, Northern 2.4 million, Southern 2.8 million, Tsavo 1.8 million western 1.2 million and 1 million for Central Rift.
Elsewhere, KWS rangers’ have recovered 18 pieces of raw ivory, one rifle and 15 rounds of ammunitions and arrested 78 suspected poachers in the past one weeks.
Two pieces of ivory, a rifle and 15 rounds of ammunitions were recovered at Galana ranch in Taita Taveta County on Tuesday (July 10, 2012). Two ivory and 200kg of sandalwood were also impounded at Kasigau in the same county.
In Nakuru County, a suspect was arrested and an elephant tusk recovered at Subukia on Wednesday (July 11, 2012). In Embu, two suspects were arrested and seven python skins recovered. In Tharaka Nithi, two suspects were arrested and seven pieces of ivory, six leopard skins and four python skins recovered.
In Narok County, two suspects were arrested and 4 pieces of Ivory weighing 74 kgs recovered on Friday (July 13, 2012). In Awendo, Migori County, a suspect was arrested and a rhino horn recovered on Sunday (July 15, 2012).