Why they do not let
the Watha manage their ecosystem?
Arabuko / Sokoke is part of the Watha homeland, but the nation of
hunter-gatherers was forced out of their areas first by greedy
colonialists and then by landhungry Bantu-speakers.
for electric fence to tame elephants
Story by NATION Correspondent
Publication Date: 10/18/2005
Farmers living next to Arabuko/Sokoke
Forest have asked the Government to erect an electric fence around it to stop
elephants from destroying their crops.
They said that despite repeated
pleas, the Government and Kenya Wildlife Service had neglected them.
Led by councillors Stephen Kenga (Matsangoni),
Joshua Lughanje (Vitengeni) and Mathias Masha (Palakumi), they told
journalists in Kilifi yesterday that the elephants also terrorised them.
"People are being forced to
be in their houses by as early as 6.30pm and school children must be home by
5pm for fear of elephant attacks," Mr Lughanje said.
"The food scarcity in
Matsangoni and Mkongani villages has been caused by wild animals which stray
from the forest," said Mr Kenga.
Mr Masha accused the Government of
not acting when people were attacked and their property destroyed by wild
animals. He said people might be forced to arm themselves and kill the