By TCD TEAM.
The cabinet secretary for Tourism/Wildlife and National heritage Hon Penina Malonza on Friday Held discussions with the Standing Committee on Land, Environment and Natural Resources chaired by Sen. Methu John Muhia.
One of the pertinent issues discussed was the increased Human-Wildlife Conflicts due to inadequate water & pasture as a result of the prevailing drought situation.
“I urged members of the committee to support the Ministry of Tourism And Wildlife – Kenya even as we seek additional budgetary support to mitigate human-wildlife conflict and clear the compensation backlog” she added.
The Cabinet Secretary (CS), Hon. Peninah Malonza made her presentation to the standing Senate Committee on Land, Environment, and Natural Resources on the Ministry’s functions, objectives, policy direction, major projects & programmes, challenges, and legislative gaps, in Mombasa.
One of the pertinent issues the CS raised, is the increased Human-Wildlife Conflicts because of inadequate water and pasture, as a result of climate change. This has led to a backlog of over KES. 5 billion in compensation, against a budget allocation of KES 960 million.
The CS lobbied for additional budgetary support from the Senate Standing Committee to reduce the human-wildlife conflict compensation backlog.
The Senate committee held its sitting in the ongoing induction retreat for the Standing Committee in Mombasa.
The consultations centred around creating synergies between my ministry and the legislature.
“We discussed policy direction, major projects & programmes, challenges, legislative gaps and possible proposals and opportunities for collaboration and cooperation” CS Told the TCD Editor.
The CS was accompanied by Ag. Director General Kenya Wildlife Service, Dr. Erustus Kanga, CEO Wildlife Research and Training Institute, Dr. Patrick Omondi, Ag. Wildlife Secretary,Dr. Ngene, and other Ministry officials.