MCA arrested while leading protests against elephant invasion in Makueni

Mtito Andei MCA Francis Mulwa was arrested for leading locals in demonstrating against increased human-wildlife conflict.

In a video seen online, the MCA was bundled into a police car as the police shot in the air to disperse the demonstrating residents.

The over 400 locals held demonstrations protesting elephant invasion in their farms.

They blocked Nairobi-Mombasa road causing a traffic snarl-up for hours.

While addressing journalists they promised to take action themselves when the animals invade if their cries won’t be heard.

They vowed to use poisoned arrows on the elephants which have been invading their farms and causing fear in the area.

They say the Kenya Wildlife Service has turned a deaf ear to their complaints.

“These animals have troubled us for years our farms have no food our properties have been destroyed and we live in fear every day,” said a local.

“Our cries have been in vain over the years, empty promises have come our way with no tangible actions. For how long will we suffer because of these animals,” asked another.

In March locals held similar protests against elephant invasion and ended up being teargassed by police.

Last Month, Makueni Senator Daniel Maanzo asked President Ruto to sack Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Penina Malonza for failing to address the issue.

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