Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Wildlife, and Heritage Penina Malonza toured parts of Mwingi to address the human-wildlife conflict.
Malonza committed to addressing the issues of elephants and lions reported to be roaming in the residents’ farms and homesteads saying that her Ministry will come up with a long-lasting solution. The CS noted that water and food scarcity are the main issues leading to the wildlife coming to households and farms of the Mwingi residents.
“I accept that my wildlife has visited your farms. I have come here as your daughter coming to solve the case because in Tsavo and Kora National parks, there was no rain. By God’s grace, your areas received rain and the animals sensed that which led them to come in search of water and food. Their main challenge is water and I believe that when we drill water points in the game parks we will be able to contain them there without coming in the people’s farms to destroy crops,” the CS said.
She committed that the residents whose crops were destroyed up to February 2022 will be compensated by the National government adding that they will be paid in installments until they are fully compensated.
“We have reports of those who were affected up to February last year which amounts to Ksh. 6 billion and so far I have Ksh. 2.6 billion waiting to be approved by the parliament so that we can compensate you. We will pay you in installments and I want to assure my people that I’m straining hard to see my people compensated,” CS Malonza added.
On matters concerning insecurity caused by the camel herders especially in Mandongoi, Mwingi North constituency, she stated that CS Kithure Kindiki called her and informed her that he will hold a consultative session with MPs in the affected areas to come up with a lasting solution
“I told CS Kindiki that we need a solution for the insecurity so that the Kamba community lives in peace without being disturbed by wildlife and fights from the camel herders,” CS Malonza stated.
CS Penina Malonza was accompanied by Kitui Deputy Governor Wambua Kanani, Gideon Mulyungi MP Mwingi Central, Paul Nzengu MP Mwingi North, Kitui Assembly Speaker Kinengo Katisya, Kitui County Commissioner Erastus Mbui, Kenya Wildlife Services officials, a section of Kitui MCAs, and other leaders from Mwingi, Kitui County.
Malonza in the developmental tour to Mwingi Central and Mwingi North constituencies also addressed other National matters touching on her ministry.