Kenya: Fear in Village as Lions Kill 20 Animals
Daily Nation On the Web
28 January 2010
Nairobi — Residents of Ng'elecha in Marigat District fear for their lives after four lions, believed to have strayed from a Laikipia ranch, killed more than 20 animals.
Arabal ward councillor Kimunyang' Meja told the Nation that 17 goats, four cows and a donkey were among the animals the lions had killed.
Mr Meja accused Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers in the area of failing to take any action. "Our children are not going to school while we no longer engage in our daily activities," the councillor said.
"Children report to school at 9am and there are no afternoon classes as parents fear for the lives of their children," said Arabal chief William Koech.
The residents have threatened to take the matter in their hands and kill the stray beasts. "This is the second time the animals have invaded our homes. The four cows were my only source of livelihood," Mr Ripkwe Rerimoi said.
KWS officers who visited the area on Thursday were chased away by residents, who accused them of taking too long to respond to their grievances.
KWS warden William Kiptoo, who spoke to the Nation by telephone, said the residents' action was ill-advised.
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