September 20th 2017

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Governor Irungu allays fears over delayed construction of wildlife fence

The invasion from wild animals to residents’ homes and farms has being going on for a long time that the government decided to put up the electric fence to stop the human-wildlife conflict .

By Mary Muthonimmuthoni@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 12 Jul 2017 10:41 EAT

Laikipia governor Joshua Irungu has moved to allay fears that the delayed completion of electronic fence to resolve the human/wildlife conflict in Rumuruti and Marmanet forests was deliberate to extend the suffering of the people.

The governor said the delay was occasioned by a court petition between the Laikipia county government and the contractor awarded the project, but said the matter has already been resolved.

He inspected the fence on Monday at Gatundia area within the county and expressed confidence that the fence would be completed soon. He said the contractor had been sued because of the slow pace of the work thereby increasing the conflict between the residents and wildlife causing deaths and destruction of property.

The invasion from wild animals to the residents’ homes and farms has being going on for long time that the government decided to put up the electric fence to stop the human-wildlife conflict.

 Mr Irungu told the residents that the issue of wild animals attacking them has to stop immediately. He told the Laikipia residents to be on the look out and report those who will be caught damaging the electric fence. He warned the residents against keeping quiet whenever they discover anybody destroying the fence.

He said the county government had gone ahead to budget for the project to have the fence constructed within a short period. He also said that they did a budget of Sh97 million before the tender was awarded to a contractor to have the work commence.

He also promised to offer the residents employment in his government after the August 8 General Election where he has expressed confidence of winning on a Jubilee ticket.

“It is important that each village identifies one gentleman and forwards the name to my office and be assured that he will be employed as a guard to guard the fence”, he said adding that guards will be protecting the fence.

The construction, he said so far has spent over Sh19 million from the day the construction commenced.

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