By George Mugo
Residents of Machani village, Lari constituency in Kiambu county have threatened to burn the Kijabe forest over attacks by monkeys.
On Saturday, the residents said the monkeys chase women and scare children going to school.
They said the monkeys have destroyed their food crops for many years.
Kijabe chief Njoroge Mungai stopped the residents from burning the forest which neighbours Ngubi and Kinale forests.
The residents said they wanted to burn the forest because their appeals for action to the Kenya Wildlife Service has failed.
"We have never harvested anything despite this area being productive. Women have been chased away from their farms, which they have to guard all day from monkeys," said a resident, Nancy Nduta.
She said the monkeys attack and destroy their farms during day time, forcing them to spend several hoiurs chasiong them
"When they are hungry, they start moving towards women chasing them from their farms so that they can get a chance to steal green maize and uproot potatos and carrots," Nduta said.
She said the monkeys have destroyed her five-acre maize plantation.
The residents confronted Mungai when he went to plead with them not to set the forest a blaze.
Nduta said the monkeys move in groups of upto 200 when they attack farms.