Tourism Sector Suffers Major Blow

Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Peninnah Malonza/PHOTO COURTESY

The tourism sector has suffered a major blow since the Azimio la Umoja started demonstrations in the country, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Peninnah Malonza has said.

Malonza who spoke at the Maasai Mara National Reserve during the launch of Maasai Mara Management Plan, Spatial Plan and the greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem Plan regretted that a number of foreigners have cancelled hotel bookings following the recent demonstrations in the country.

“I am the current CS in charge of Tourism and I can confirm the major threats that the illegal demonstrations have poised to the sector. We have witnessed hotel bookings being cancelled every day,” said Malonza.

Malonza was in the company of her Environment and Forestry CS Soipan Tuya, Narok Governor Patrick Ntutu and her three Principal Secretaries Ummi Bashir (Culture and Heritage), John Olotua (Tourism) and Silvia Kihoro (Wildlife).

Governor Ntutu who is the chairman of Tourism and Wildlife committee at the Council of Governors said the demonstrations are a great threat to the Tourism in Kenya.

He said the Narok people depends on Tourism for livelihood and the demonstrations will affect them economically.

“If the former Prime Minister loves the Maasai Community as he claims, then he should call off the demonstrations immediately because they are affecting the people,” he said.

Their sentiments were echoed by East Africa Legislative Assembly MP David Sankok , Narok East MP Ken Kiloku and Narok Deputy Governor Tamalinye Koech who called on the Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga to call off the demonstrations for the sake of the economy.

MP Sankok asked those engaging in demonstrations to use the same energy to till their farms in this season that it is raining around the country.


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