Govt compensates victims of wild animal attacks

KILIMANJARO: THE government has paid more than 7bn/- as consolation to people who lost their lives, injured or lost their crops as the results of destruction caused by wild animals in the country.

This was stated by Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ms Angellah Kairuki, while opening the Same District Tourism Festival, which was in Same District, Kilimanjaro Region over the weekend.

“The government is not happy to see its citizens being affected by wild animals’ attacks and that is why it has come up with a decision to issue compensations to those affected by such attacks,” she said.

She said apart from the payments, the government was also working on means to increase the amount of money paid as consolation. Currently, the government pays 1m/- for each life lost or 500,000/- for person who suffered grievous injuries, minor injuries or suffer damage to property as the results of human-wildlife conflict. She added: “The sixth-phase government, after examining the human-wildlife conflict related damages, it has come up with plans aimed to enhance compensations payment to victims of wild animal attacks.

“Damages caused by wildlife invasion is a big challenge that the government continues to address; the processes include the idea of rising compensation rates for deaths and permanent incapacitation to humans,” she noted.

Answering a question from citizens regarding the government’s plan over damages following the human-wildlife conflicts, especially elephant attacks, Ms Kairuki said the government was continuing with plans aimed at dealing with the challenge of wildlife attacks in human settlements.

“Let me assure you that the government continues to address this challenge in different ways, including building water dams in Mkomazi National Park so as to prevent wild animals from moving out of the national park to human settlements in search of water,” she said.

Last September, the government stated that it was crafting an emergency strategy to address complaints from victims of wild animal attacks and straying animals.

Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Dunstan Kitandula spoke of the plan in the august House when responding to the question by Special Seats MP Yustina Rahhi, who demanded the government position on the possibility of establishing a special fund for compensating victims of wild animal attacks.

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