Residents live in fear of being attacked by leopard
Residents of Kongoine village, Murang’a County are now living in fear of being attacked by a leopard that has been spotted in the region.
According to the residents, the female leopard which has four cabs has been spotted by several residents and now it is over a week and nothing has been done by Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS).
Samuel Maina, a resident, says that after the leopard was spotted they went to the chief’s office to report the matter.
“We were promised that KWS officers will be alerted so that they can relocate the animal,” he complained.
He said they were now living in fear as the animal has not been stocked.
“We are living under the fear of being attacked by this animal, my children are small and whenever they are heading to school, I have to escort them to and fro,” he said.
He is urging the authority to move with speed, saying they should not wait until a resident or livestock are killed for them to respond to their cries.
Jane Wamuthoni, a mother of two said that since the leopard was spotted in the area, she has to escort her children to school. She, however, said she does not feel safe even as she escort her children.
“What I can do is pray and wait for their time to return home, so I can go for them again,” Wamuthoni said.
“I have been going to the ridges to cut fodder for my animals, I can’t go now because I hear that the dangerous animal lives around there,” she said.
The area chief, Kimani Muna says he has received information about the leopard.
He said the Kenya Wildlife Service’s officers had been informed about the leopard roaming in the region, but they are yet to respond.
He said he shall make a follow up on the issue at KWS offices, which he said are in Arbederes and Nairobi.
Township MCA Charles Karina said that he had not received any information about the roaming leopard.
He however promised to make a follow up at KWS offices in Nairobi to ensure that the dangerous animal is relocated.
“We do not want to lose any single person due to the attacks by wild animals,” he said, urging the KWS officials to move with speed.
He urged residents to remain calm and avoid confronting the animal.