By the Coast Reporter
Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja will engage the National government in an effort to find a lasting solution to the perennial human wildlife conflict in the region.
Speaking at Sagalla Ward during his Asante Sana tour, the governor said that the county residents have suffered for long and time has come for the government to give a long lasting solution to them.
During the meetings, the residents led by area MCA Godwin Kilele threatened to hold demonstrations and close the busy Nairobi Mombasa highway come next week to protest the losses they incur through wildlife.
“We have complained for long without getting any positive answers to this elephant menace. Next week I will meet Matiangi to discuss the matter. Just be patient my people. If we don’t get a positive answer after the meeting, I will be at the fore front during the demonstrations,” said the governor.
Samboja lashed on the KWS for caring more for the elephants at the expense of human lives.
“Our children cannot go to school because of the marauding elephants. KWS cares for the elephants more than us. We have to protect the people more than elephants,” said the county boss.
Kilele expressed his disappointments with KWS for failing to compensate his residents for their food crops destroyed by elephants in the region.
He added that KWS does not bother to take records of human-wildlife conflict victims.
“We have been reduced to beggars despite our hard work in our farms. We have tried all efforts to send the message to KWS but they have given us a deaf ear,” said the MCA.
The governor said that he will work hand in hand with the MCAs to ensure development is realized.