Ministry grapples with rising claims of snake-bite compensations


Ministry grapples with rising claims of snake-bite compensations
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  • Last year, the then Environment CS Judy Wakhungu, said compensation claims from snake-bite incidents had risen to KSh. 1.5 billion. She was addressing the media during the launch of a report titled State of Wildlife Conservation in Kenya 2016.
Residents of Baringo County have expressed anger over unending woes of snake bites.
Keronei arap Toroitich, one of the residents, also lamented that baboons have been eating their crops.
“I have lost my livelihood now because my goats and lambs have been either bitten or killed,” said Keronei.
He urged the county department of Health to equip Emsos Dispensary with a refrigerator to store anti-venom and other medicines.
Another resident, Arap Keror, appealed to the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) to prevent locals from taking the law into their own hands.

Last year, the then Environment CS Judy Wakhungu, said compensation claims from snake-bite incidents had risen to KSh. 1.5 billion.

She was addressing the media during the launch of a report titled State of Wildlife Conservation in Kenya 2016.

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