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Villagers feast on free meat of stray buffalo

By ALEX NJERU

Residents of Karwamba village in Tharaka Nithi County on Tuesday evening feasted on meat of a stray buffalo that was killed by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers.

The animal had fallen into an open pit at a school causing panic among pupils and villagers prompting KWS officers from Meru National Park to shoot the animal dead.

Villagers scrambled for meat of the dead animal that they claimed had destroyed their crops in the past.

The area residents warned that they will take the law into their hands if wild animals continue to stray into their farms.

This comes after another buffalo, which injured a man few weeks ago in Kirege village, was killed and its meat shared among the residents.

Karwamba resident John Muthengi accused the KWS officers of taking too long to respond whenever they are called upon to take stray animals back to the park.

“We will not spare any animal, including elephants, if they get into our farms because there is a lot of laxity by KWS,”  Mr Muthengi said.