Crows have been described by scientists as invasive pests.
Living up to expectations in Kenya’s coastal tourism city of Mombasa, they grab food off tourists’ plates and bully other birds species out of town.
It is this distress that has prompted Mombasa governor Hassan Joho to propose KSh 30 million for the eradication of the black and grey house crows.
Their numbers are reported to have increased in the recent past.
Under the proposed 2018/2019 draft budget, Governor Joho’s administration will use a whopping KSh 30 million to eradicate the crows.
Another KSh 50 million will be used for beautification of the city.
The move has captured resident’s attention, some of whom attributed the birds presence to Joho’s failure to deal with garbage menace within the city.
“It is common knowledge that the presences of crows is an indication the city is dirty and the county should have considered cleaning the city to keep the crows away,” Mohamed Khamis, a Bombolulu resident told Correspondent.
The proposal captured under the environment, waste management, climate change and energy, indicated the eradication of Indian house crows was envisioned to continue up to 2022.
“Well we are aware and it is true that Indian house crows are hectic and stubborn but using KSh 30 million to fight the birds, honestly it’s a big joke,”said Kazungu Wange, a resident from Kongowea area.
Some Mombasa residents were of the view the county ought to have considered other important matters first.
Similar concerns were registered by businessman Mohamed Daib, who termed the decision to use KSh 30 million to fight the birds as “sheer joke” and called on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to zero in on figures behind the scheme.
Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) also condemned the contents in the said budget estimates .
They argued the draft was being used by corrupt officials in the county as a tool to tactfully steal from public coffers.
“This debate could not have existed if the city was clean. We are discussing this topic now because the county has failed to manage garbage…if the city is clean, then crows, mosquitoes and flies will not be the costly nuisance they are today since they will be nowhere to be seen,” said CIPK Secretary General Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa.