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Lamu residents blame KWS over snake bites

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[Bothrops alternatus snake].

Lamu residents have accused the Kenya Wildlife Service – KWS for failing to tame the increased snake bites in the County.

According to the residents despite being fully informed of the dire situation in Lamu over increased snake bites, the public body has ignored the plights.

Led by human rights Organisation, Haki Africa Lamu County Coordinator Yunus Isaack Ahmed, the residents said people have succumbed to increased snake bites in the county.

Ahmed said since there are no any mitigation measures to quell the situation locals are living in danger fearing for their lives.

According to Mr. Ahmed, Lamu county government should also work on initiating urgent treatment to snake bites so as to save lives.

“These snakes are poisonous and extremely dangerous,” he said.

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According to the rights defender, the situation has been worsened following transport challenges encountered when seeking treatment

His sentiments follow a cry from Manda Island residents who said they are living in fear following increased snake bites in the Island.

They said locals fear executing their daily activities for fearing of snake attacks.

[Haki Africa, Lamu County Coordinator Yunus Ahmed. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

“We can’t freely source for firewood tile our pieces of land or graze our livestock since huge snakes loiter freely from forests to residential areas,” said Mohammed Athuman Somo, Manda island resident.

Recently, Lamu West Legislator Stanley Muthama shared the same concerns urging Lamu County government to work closely with the KWS and contain the dangerous situation in Manda Island.

Among the dangerous species that have posed major threat to locals in the county include King Cobra, Black mamba, Bothrops alternatus and Cotton mouth snakes.