State to use KES 2.6 billion to compensate human-wildlife conflict victims

Peninah Malonza, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism, has assured Kenyans that through her department, the government will pay KES 2.6 billion in damages to those affected by wildlife destruction.

Speaking at Katse market when she flagged off the distribution of relief food to locals across Kitui county, Malonza said she had written to parliament to get approval for the funds.

“I have written to the National Assembly and I’m waiting for approval of KES 2.6 billion compensation to families of those who lost lives following these conflicts, and others who were injured or crops destroyed,” said Malonza.

The former deputy governor of Kitui stated that she is resolute about paying the nearly KES 5 bilion in outstanding bills.

“The amount will enable us to pay 2,663 cases,” she added.

Malonza went on to say that she is committed to improving the tourism ministry’s ability to raise money for the nation.

She also encouraged farmers in the nation to start planting and take advantage of the short rains.

“As Kenyans, we consume up to 60 per cent of our farm produce thus the need to engage in farming this short rain season so that we may be food secure,” Malonza said.

Among the foods that Malonza distributed were rice, beans, and minced meat.

“The government is committed to ending drought through the sinking of earth dams among other water projects. We will also be distributing food to affected counties to both locals and animals,” she said.

Among other officials, the event was attended by Kitui County Commissioner Erastus Mbui, Kitui Deputy Governor Wambua Kanani, and local MCA Titus Kasinga.

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