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KWS disburses Sh18 million for compensation, conducts species census
Date Published: 29 Nov, 2012
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has disbursed Sh18 million to the eight conservation areas for payment to people killed or injured by wildlife across the country.
The money, paid by the state, will be availed to victims or their next of kin by District Commissioners. The payments were approved for payment by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife at a ministerial wildlife compensation committee meeting in September 2012. Coast will receive Sh6.1 million, Central Rift Sh4.7 million, Western Sh1.8 million, Mountain Sh2.6 million, Northern Sh2 million, Tsavos Sh0.9 million and Southern will get Sh0.2 million.
A total of Sh23 million was released and paid to victims and next of kin of people killed or injured by wildlife in July 2012.
Meanwhile an Elephant and Grevy zebra census is underway in the 60,000km2 Samburu, Laikipia and Marsabit ecosystem. The exercise that began on Monday (November 26, 2012) has already covered half of the area targeted and is estimated to end on Friday (November 30, 2012). KWS and partner organizations are involving 60 experienced aerial and ground observers and GIS experts. The tallies will then be compiled and shall include other opportunistic sighting of lions, buffaloes, antelopes and giraffes.
Elsewhere, three suspect trophy dealers have already been charged in court following their arrest by KWS rangers last weekend in two separate incidences. In the first arrest, two suspects were nabbed and 16kg of ivory recovered on Saturday (November 24, 2012) in Naikara area in Narok County. A suspect was arrested on Sunday (November 24, 2012) in Siongiroiarea in Bomet County and 10kg of ivory recovered.
Three counts of being in illegal possession of a government trophy, dealing and failing to make a report to authorities have been preferred against them.