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Mt Kenya Region Technocrats in wealth talks

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Technocrats in eight counties surrounding Mt Kenya yesterday met at a Nanyuki hotel to deliberate on sharing mountain resources with the national government.

The meeting which was chaired by Laikipia County governor Joshua Irungu brought together technocrats from Kenya forest service (KFS), Kenya wildlife service (KWS) and Water resources management Authority (WARMA).

Addressing the media, the governor who has been elected as the chairman of the forum by his colleagues from the region, said the forum is meant to discuss on how natural resources found in Mt Kenya, Meru National park and Aberdare ranges can benefit the region directly.

“We have water, forest and wild animals in this region and what we are discussing is to see how we shall share the income generated with the national government” said Irungu.

He said a lot of revenue is generated and especially through tourism but the counties in this region do not benefit from the resources.

The Governor observed that people living in the area conserve the water towers, and therefore they need to benefit much from the ecosystem.

He expressed concern over amendment of water Act, forest Act and Kenya wildlife service bill, saying they stand to benefit local people immensely.

He particularly lamented that over 80% of wild animals found in Laikipia County live outside protected areas, where they wreak havoc to residents and they crops.

Irungu, at the same time said he is opposed to the established of Kilimon National Park, saying he would push for it to be a Game Reserve which will be under the control of Laikipia County government.

He noted that Narok County government is ranked first in terms of revenue collection because Masai Mara Game Reserve is under its management.

The governor said that after the deliberations, a frame work will be worked on so that the National and County governments shall agree on how to share the resources.

The Counties represented are Laikipia, Nyeri, Murang’a, Tharaka Nithi, Meru, Kirinyaga, Embu and Nyandarua

– The Star

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