Keiyo North residents raise alarm over elephant attacks
Allan Kisia, The Star
September 10, 2023
Keiyo North residents have petitioned Parliament to intervene over
increased attacks by elephants from Rimoi Game Reserve.
In a petition presented to the National Assembly by Keiyo North MP Adams
Kipsanai, the residents claimed there have been delays by Kenya Wildlife
Service to respond to distress calls from locals.
The petitioners are drawn from Rimoi Sub-Location, Kiptuilong and Kamogich
locations of Tambach Ward; Chegilet and Kabulwo locations and Keu Location
in Esmoo Ward.
They said the attacks have resulted in deaths, destruction of crops and
“Most areas of Esmoo and Tambach wards and in particular the schools and
public institutions bordering the Rimoi Game Reserve remain unfenced hence
making it easier for the wild animals to stray out of the reserve,” the
The residents added that despite numerous cases of human-wildlife conflict
having been reported to relevant authorities, victims are yet to be
The petitioners asked MPs to intervene and cause KWS and other government
agencies to expeditiously erect perimeter fences along unfenced areas that
have experienced invasions.
“Recommend that the government increases the number of KWS posts or camps
in the affected human-wildlife conflict areas for efficient surveillance
and prompt response to distress calls from locals,” the petition said.
The residents also asked MPs to recommend that KWS undertakes corporate
social responsibility programmes in the areas around the reserve.
They also called for expeditious and timely compensation of victims of