Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) invites media houses to the launch of the Human Wildlife conflict compensation claims reports covering the period 2014 – 2017 by Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Hon. Najib Balala on Tuesday December 3, 2019 at KWS Headquarters Langata Road at 2.00 pm
The Wildlife Conservation and Management Act (2013) stipulates that a genuine victim of human-wildlife conflict has a right to seek compensation.
One may be compensated for death and injury if attacked by an elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, hyena, crocodile, cheetah, buffalo, snake, hippo, shark, stonefish, whale, stingray, wild dog or wild pig.
The loss of life, injury or property damage must be reported to the nearest KWS office within 48 hours.
Family members of the victim get Sh5 million compensation in case of death while the victim is paid up to Sh3 million if the injuries cause permanent disability.
For other injuries, the victims stand to receive up to Sh2 million upon approval by the committee.
Owners of crops, property or livestock destroyed by wildlife get awarded their equivalent value; those not satisfied may appeal to the National Environment Tribunal or Environment and Land Court.
The problem is since the new law was passed in 2013 that gave compensation of Sh5 million, Sh3 and Sh2 million, the affected Kenyans majority Tanarians have not compensated for years.
KWS Officers have telling people that they don’t have budget located to compensate people, payment is done by Treasury.
We are hoping CS Balala will addresses why the delay and measures put in place to solve the problem.
You can read more on KWS compensation Regulation by downloading the PDF file here