KWS risks losing vehicles after court ruling on damages

Law Society of Kenya Council Member lawyer Kipkoech Bernhard Ng’etich at the Lake Nakuru National Park on June 7, 2019. [Harun Wathari]

More property belonging to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has been attached in an ongoing Sh40 million compensation saga.

The Standard has established that last Friday, Saddabri Auctioneers attached vehicles valued at Sh19.3 million.

The attachment was in connection to a court ruling awarding Rift Valley Agricultural Contractors Limited Sh31.5 million in damages for the destruction of its wheat and barley farm by wild animals.

Documents indicated that 13 motor vehicles were attached on Friday at the KWS offices in Nairobi.

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The action comes a week after 18 others were attached in Nakuru in connection with the compensation claim awarded by the court in July 2011.

The award was for damages to the crops caused in May 2000.

Wild animals, including wildebeests, zebras and antelopes, invaded in droves a plantation of wheat and barley and destroyed 1,689 hectares of the crops belonging to Rift Valley Agricultural Contractors Limited.

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The animals descended on the farm after damaging a barbed wire fence and grazed on the over 1,600 hectares of wheat and 400 hectares of barley.

The estimated value of the damaged crops and inputs was placed at Sh64,160,130.

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Efforts by firm to have the Government compensate it for what the court determined as special and exemplary damages have yielded little, prompting the move to attach the parastatal’s property.

In its defence, the KWS had argued that it was wrongly sued and that it not liable as it was not negligent or in breach of any statutory duty.

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