Friday, October 19, 2018
Environment CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu speaks to Journalist after addressing the 2nd stakeholders meeting on human wildlife conflict

Environment CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu speaks to Journalist after addressing the 2nd stakeholders meeting on human wildlife conflict

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said the government will soon form a task force to look into boundaries in a bid to address human Wildlife conflict.

Speaking at the opening of the second stakeholders meeting between the national and Taita Taveta County governments on human/wildlife conflict, the CS noted that the government was determined to resolve the perennial problem to allow peaceful co-existence.

“The people of Taita Taveta County, like many communities living near wildlife protected areas have continued to bear the brunt of human wildlife conflict” she affirmed.

Over the years, she said residents have suffered huge losses occasioned by presence of herds of elephants that invade their farmlands destroying crops, besides threatening lives and destroying properties.

The CS addressed diverse issues on management of human wildlife conflict for sustainable peace and development. The one day meeting was organized by the County government of Taita Taveta in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service, Taita Taveta University and Kenya Forest Service.

Taita Taveta Governor Hon. John Mruttu said the 12,000 elephants in Tsavo East and West National Parks is unmanageable. “There is need for research to establish the carrying capacity of National Parks” he said. This will he said will ensure elephants are kept in the parks away from peoples farms.

Dr Mwakima (standing) welcomes Environment CS Wakhungu to human wildlife conflict meeting in Voi looking on is Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu

Dr Mwakima (standing) welcomes Environment CS Wakhungu to human wildlife conflict meeting in Voi looking on is Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu

The meeting which brought together stakeholders to find amicable solution to the recurrent human wildlife conflict was attended by among others Natural Resources, Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Voi and Mwatate Members of Parliament Hon. Jones Mlolwe and Andrew Mwadime respectively.

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