Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Principal Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima addresses Chairs of the 47 Wildlife Compensation Committees.

Principal Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima addresses Chairs of the 47 Wildlife Compensation Committees.

There is need for lasting solutions to  the human wildlife conflict in order to reduce deaths, injuries and damage to property. This was said by the Principal Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima when she met the Chairs of the 47 County Wildlife Compensation Committees at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Headquarters, NHIF building on the 31st May 2016.

Noting that “You can’t equate life to anything”, the Ps reiterated that no amount of monetary compensation was enough to pay for a lost life.

This meeting was done to address among other issues ways of breaching the gap between the Ministry and the local communities and dealing with matters negatively affecting the committees in their operations at the Counties.

The Ps promised the chairs to make a follow-up with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission in regard to the chairs’ honoraria, per diem and sitting allowances. She said that though the Ministry had officially written to the Commission there was need for a follow-up in order to justify some of the allowances.

Dr. Mwakima (centre) pauses for a group photo with Chairs of the Wildlife Compensation Committees.

Dr. Mwakima (centre) pauses for a group photo with Chairs of the Wildlife Compensation Committees.

The wildlife Regulations Act was also discussed where it was agreed that there was need to fast-track its operationalization but only if the act would be subjected to public participation before the document would be gazetted as required by the New Constitution of 2010.

On the provision of office space the meeting agreed that there was need to look for more funding to construct offices in order for the committees to operate effectively. The sitting also explored ways addressing the backlog of compensation cases still pending at the Counties with huge amounts of money needed to compensate those affected.

Dr. Mwakima said that the Ministry was looking for funding to provide water within the parks to avoid the movement of animals outside the parks. She gave the example of Aruba dam in Tsavo East National Park where the Chinese had been approached to help in desilting to boost the water volumes.

The meeting was also attended by among others Deputy Director Wildlife Conservation Dr.Joash Osoro and Deputy Director Kenya Wildlife Service Mr. Michael Kipkeu.

 

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