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Sad state of Kibwezi Wildlife Conflict with Residents.

A Father of six was on Wednesday night attacked and killed by Rogue Elephant. This is while he was coming from his daily pursuits in Ilikoni Village, Kibwezi Central Constituency, Makueni County.

Based on the witnesses, when the 72 years old raised alarm on being attacked, the sleepy neighbourhood woke and abroad loudly to make the jumbo,

seize the heinous act, to no avail. The creature went on trampling the helpless man, till he was no more.

The residents in their enragement decided to keep off the police from removing the body of Mzee Musili Musembi,

from the crime scene. This was in demonstration of the ssnail’space at which the wild Rangers of Tsavo East National Park, take to address occurrences. They also wanted the attention of Cabinet Secretary of tourism and Wildlife Ms. Penina Malonza and the rogue Elephant to be murdered.

The police finally dispassed the crowd around Thursday afternoon, through teargas and open fire, collected the body and took it to Kibwezi Hospital Mortuary.

The window of Musili, Ms. josepheter Mutheu said that her husband, back in 2020, bravely faced a hyena, rescuing some of their livestock. He sustained several injuries, with one dairy cow killed. He was still following up on Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) for compensation.

One villager pointed out that these cycles of murders had become a common and troubling scene. “we cannot take this laxity, laxity! Something has to be done.” He said.

Currently, due to the rise of human-wildlife conflicts in the area, the county government, alongside Tsavo Trust, a conservationist organisation, are working on fencing the park with an electric fence. The Governor of the County, Mutula Kilonzo Junior, a week earlier, visited the area, assuring them of efforts to enhance the fencing process. He also asked the KWS to play a proactive role, rather than an active one.

The Woman Representative of the County Ms. Rose Makau, said, she will work to make the KWS compensation process fast track.

The wildlife attacks have affected the region greatly, as the wildlife destroys crops, disrupts classes, breaks food stores, and kills among other atrocities associated with this elongated crisis.

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Ilikoni Kibwezi Makueni County


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