× Digital News Videos Africa Health & Science Opinion Columnists Education Lifestyle Cartoons Moi Cabinets Arts & Culture Gender Planet Action Podcasts E-Paper Tributes Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS


Wildlife trust to erect a sh. 120 Million electric fence

By Stephen Nzioka | May 23rd 2019 | 2 min read
Wildlife trust to erect a Sh120 Million electric fence.

A wildlife trust plans to erect a 60km electric perimeter fence at Chyulu National Park at a cost of Sh120 million.

David and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Project Officer James Mbuthia said construction of the fence will start at Wikiamba to Kirinyeti in Makindu sub-county.

The initiative is geared towards ending human-wildlife conflict that has been witnessed in the area for a long time.

“The trust has been interested in solving human-wildlife conflict and we have secured funding for the entire project and this will put an end to the endless suffering of the local community from the wildlife menace,” said Mr Mbuthia on Tuesday.

He called for support from local leaders and the community.

Makueni County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed said cases of loss of lives, injuries and crop destruction witnessed in communities bordering the national park would be reduced greatly after completion of the electric fence.

Affected areas

Most affected areas include Masongaleni, Mtito-Andei, Kikunduku, Mangelete in Kibwezi sub-county and some parts of Makindu sub-county.

Maalim said residents of the areas that have been affected by constant human-wildlife conflict will harvest their crops for the first time without hiccups.

According to the county boss, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust will maintain the fence for 25 years after its erection.

He also reassured that the Government would resolve the issue involving local squatters who have invaded the Kenya Agricultural Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro).

He said that about 41,000 acres belonging to Kalro would go to the community only after underlying issues have been resolved through public participation.

“We need political goodwill. Out of the 71,000 acres of land, Kalro has remained with only 30,000 acres to do their research. We have to resolve the pending issues of encroachment,” Maalim noted.

Share this story
Man jailed for trying to kill wife
A man who attempted to kill his wife by attacking her with a machete was yesterday jailed for 30 years by a Nyeri court.
When Njonjo almost resigned over coffee smugglers
Known as the era of black gold, it began in 1976 when Ugandan farmers decided to sell their coffee in the private market.