KENYAN GOVT COMPENSATES HERDERS FOR LIVESTOCK CONFISCATED BY TANZANIA

NAIROBI-- Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto Monday has presented cheques worth a total of 53 million shillings (about 527,000 US dollars) to pastoral families in Kajiado County in southern Kenya whose livestock were recently confiscated by the government of neighbouring Tanzania after they strayed across the border.

Ruto said the 22 families who lost 1,325 animals had been paid to enable them to re-stock their animals and lead normal lives. Speaking in Kajiado South during presentation of cheques to the affected families on Monday, he said the gesture was to help citizens and maintain the existing good relations with Tanzania.

The government is mindful and has sympathy for the families who lost their animals. It's also our resolve to maintain our existing good relations with our neighbouring country, Tanzania. This is why we have decided to compensate the families, said Ruto.

He praised the herders for their patience and humility even after losing their livestock. I ask all the beneficiaries to put the money to good use by re-stocking as well as starting income generating projects that have direct impact on your lives, said Ruto.

He said the government has launched a pilot project for a livestock insurance policy in eight counties aimed at cushioning farmers against losses during dry seasons.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK