Taita Taveta kicks off exercise to collect signatures against KWS

An elephant and its calf behind an electric fence in Tsavo./file

Taita Taveta, KENYA: Taita Taveta leaders led by Governor Granton Samboja have kicked off a two weeks exercise to collect signatures to demand share of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) revenue.

Speaking in Mboghoni ward Taveta sub-county Governor Samboja said the county was demanding for a share of the revenue due to the large land being occupied by Tsavo National park.

Samboja requested assembly members to ensure residents in their respective wards have put down their names and signatures to ensure the county also starts benefiting from the park.

Sagala MCA Godwin Kilele echoed the governor’s sentiments saying residents have been suffering for long adding that other counties are benefiting from their resources compared to Taita Taveta which is not getting anything from Tsavo.

Recently residents and leaders accused KWS of illegally erecting an electric fence on public land contrary to the map which stakeholders agreed before, claiming that the fence was grabbing over 30km stretch of land from the National park boundary.

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