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Narok MPs ask county to allow cattle grazing in Maasai Mara

They say people suffer during the drought season as they lack pasture for their livestock

In Summary

• Those found grazing in the park are fined Sh10,000.

• Konchellah said it is painful when cattle die due to lack of pasture.

Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta receives defectors from Kenya Kwanza to Azimio la Umoja team in Talek, Narok West subcounty.
Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta receives defectors from Kenya Kwanza to Azimio la Umoja team in Talek, Narok West subcounty.
Image: KIPLANG'AT KIRUI

Two Narok MPs have asked the county administration to allow people residing in Maasai Mara Game Reserve to graze their cattle in the park.

Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta and his Kilgoris counterpart Gideon Konchellah said the park is communal land and residents should have a say in its management.

“They should allow people to graze their cattle in some sections of the park as they normally risk their lives, especially at night by getting in the park to graze their animals to avoid arrest by county officials,” Kenta said.

Those found grazing in the park are fined Sh10,000.

Kenta said people have been suffering during the drought season as they lack areas where their cattle would graze.

“They should allow people to graze their cattle in some sections of the park as they normally risk their lives, especially in the night by getting in the park to graze them so as to avoid arrest from the county officials,” said Kenta.

Konchellah said it is painful when cattle die due to lack of pasture.

“It is not in order not to allow people to graze their cattle as the park has enough pasture for wild animals and for domestic animals,” he said.

“As leaders, we need to come up with solutions that will assist our people, not restrictions that will not matter to them," the MP said.

The two MPs spoke during a meeting to welcome defectors from Kenya Kwanza to Azimio la Umoja team in Talek, Narok West subcounty.

More than 300 defectors changed their political allegiance and were welcomed by Kenta, who is ODM governor aspirant in Narok.

Narok county assembly speaker Nkoidila ole Lankas, ODM Narok woman representative hopeful Lydia Masikonte, Narok West Jubilee MP hopeful Tipapa Kirrokor were present.

Edited by A.N

Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta receives a defector from Kenya Kwanza to Azimio la Umoja team in Talek, Narok West subcounty.
Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta receives a defector from Kenya Kwanza to Azimio la Umoja team in Talek, Narok West subcounty.
Image: KIPLANG'AT KIRUI
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