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KWS Compensates Sh120 Million to Victims in Makueni, Maalim Confirms

1058 cases of wildlife attacks in Makueni County have benefited with Sh120 million compensation plan by Kenya Wildlife Services.

According to Makueni County Commissioner Mohamed Maalim, each family that lost a member to wildlife attack received Sh5 million for every member lost.

Speaking to journalists after chairing the Community Wildlife Committee, Maalim noted that 16 people lost their lives, over 100 injured and 6 cows killed by wild animals.

Crops were also destroyed, water pipes and tanks damaged in the areas prone to human-wildlife conflict.

"If someone has been killed by a wild animals, the keen need to have a postmortem report, burial permit indicating the date that person was killed, also a certificate of death, confirmation letter from area chief, copy of I.D of deceased and of next of keen for the family to seek compensation," Maalim noted.

The County boss has urged families of wildlife attack victims to follow the right procedure while seeking compensation maintaining that the government is keen to compensate every victim.

He has however revealed that the government is nolonger compensating any attack related with snakes.

Further, Maalim has noted that wildlife attack claims should be reported with 24hrs and processed in 48hrs, warning residents against making false claims.

"Incidence that involves human wildlife conflict must be within 24hrs, we will not accept any claims that go against this guideline, like today we are receiving claims of 2008, we have to get reports from area chiefs, the are the ones who will be held responsible if someone comes with fake claims," the County boss added.

Maalim has also warned government officials against colliding with residents to present false claims.

According to the county commissioner, the committee will deliberate and verify the remaining 827 claims within the next one week to ensure no more delays in compensation.

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