Residents of Narok West sub-county have been warned against wanton destruction of the environment for charcoal production, arguing that such destruction interferes with the natural habitat of wild animals that dominate the area.
Speaking in Siana Ward, Deputy Narok West County Commissioner Muyesu Darusi called on the Maa community to continue collaborating with various government departments like the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to protect wild animals.
He reminded the Maa community that they are famous around the world for their peaceful coexistence with wild animals, bringing tourists from all over the world to the area.
Darusi warned the community that they risk losing the tourists if they entertain strangers among them to destroy the bushes for charcoal.
“A few selfish people are hiding among you and destroying the bush. This will encourage wild animals to move to other remote areas where the environment is well preserved,” he said, adding that the money residents received from tourists would stop as foreigners move to the parks. well protected.
Ndorosi Kilodi, a KWS community guard, urged residents not to erect fences on their farms as they hamper the free movement of wild animals.
“If animals find free space to pass then we will reduce animal-wildlife conflict, but if you put up a fence the movement of animals will be impeded and cause them to loiter causing conflict with humans,” he said. he declared.
The officer reported that those seeking compensation for losing loved ones to wild animals or being injured by wild animals would soon get it.
However, he asked residents to give clear details of the beneficiaries, saying most of the forms filled in contained incorrect details, which made it difficult to follow up on families in need of compensation.
Many animals in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve live outside protected areas as they roam in search of water and food. Apart from the game reserve, the county has more than 17 wildlife reserves managed by local communities.
The inhabitants have rented their land to the conservancies where they receive a monthly fee according to the agreement signed with the different conservancies.