Maasai morans yesterday threatened to kill all elephants that stray from Chyulu Hills National Park into their farms. Speaking in Masimba town, the morans said they killed two elephants on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the morans from Kiboko in Kajiado County killed one of eight elephants they cornered and injured the day before.
Mashuuru deputy county commissioner Stephen Nyakundi confirmed the elephant died when morans attacked it after it injured four men. Julius Cheptei, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) director in charge of Amboseli and Chyulu Hills national parks, however denied the morans had killed two more elephants.
“I have rangers on the ground and they have not told me anything of that kind. We still maintain one elephant was killed on Tuesday,” he said.
Cheptei said KWS officers are doing “everything possible” to drive the elephants off the farms and into the park.
He said the elephant killed was among eight that trampled a five-year-old child to death on Sunday. Cheptei said KWS will give Sh5 million compensation to the child’s family.
The KWS boss in Kajiado said he acquired a helicopter that rangers will use to drive elephants off the farms But Cheptei said the aircraft are useless.
“We cannot use choppers to drive the elephants away because they react to loud noises and may become wild, doing more harm to humans,” he said.
Karasi said the residents of Kiboko and Masimba had in January alerted KWS of the elephants destroying their farms and water sources.
Records at the Makindu County Hospital show Peter Nailee suffered a broken leg after the Monday confrontation with the elephant, while Kokayia Mpasa, Ezekiel Parseen and Raphael Tinayia had minor injuries.
The four left the hospital on Tuesday afternoon without informing the doctors.
Source: The Star