By Stellar Murumba
A herd of elephants Wednesday night destroyed crops valued at more than Sh30,000 in Mweiga, Nyeri County.
The residents of Njunge sub-location say more than 20 elephants invaded their maize, Napier grass and banana farms and have faulted the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) for failing to take action to save them from the menace.
They now want the agency to compensate them.
John Mambo, a farmer, says elephants have been a nuisance in the area for more than two months, destroying everything in the farms.
“The first incidence reported KWS only told us that they can only compensate when there are deaths reported,” said Mr Mambo.
However, KWS assistant director in charge of mountain conservation Aggrey Maumo said they are awaiting directives from the Environment secretary under the new Wildlife Act, on compensation of crops and animals destroyed from wildlife intrusion.