By Irene Wairimu
Ndibai area residents in Elementatita, Nakuru county are appealing for urgent intervention from the government to save them from frequent wildlife forays into their homes.
The residents, whose village borders the Lake Nakuru National Park, said they fear for their lives and that of their children following recent attacks by lions and leopards on their livestock.
Anthony Njunge, a resident, said the situation has gotten worse due to the current dry spell being experienced in the area as animals leave the park in search of food.
"We had two lions kill two donkeys last week. Some leopards have also killed and eaten a goat and a calf," he said.
Headteacher of Ndibai Primary School Johnson Chege said the frequent wildlife invasions have forced pupils at the school to cut down on their learning hours.
"We can no longer conduct morning or evening preps as I am afraid the children might get attacked while coming to school early in the morning or leaving at dusk," he said.
The headmaster said though the Kenya Wildlife Service is partnering with local communities, they are not guarding wildlife.
"They brought funding partners who built classrooms for us and set up water tanks due to the perrenial water shortage in Ndibai; but that means little when we live in fear for our lives and that of our children," Chege said.