Economic decisions linked to travel advisories by the West
19 May 2014, 23:18
Mombasa - The evacuation of over 500 foreign tourists from the Kenyan coast after the issuance of travel advisories to foreign citizens could be as a result of the economical decisions Kenya has made with the government of china, tourism stakeholders, security departments and business community have claimed.
Even as Kenya is hit by a series of terrorism threats, a number of factors could be behind the decision made by some western states to their citizens against touring the country, thus leaving serious questions unanswered.
Hoteliers and business partners in the coastal region have termed the act of issuing travel advisories as an economical sabotage as hotels are forced to shut down as others lay off their staff due to the shortage of tourists and beach operators remain jobless.
The Mombasa and coast tourism association, Mombasa hotels and caterers association and the port management has decried the decision terming it as a big blow to the tourism sector and entire country’s economy.
The MCTA executive director Millicent Odhiambo said the coastal tourism industry is collapsing if proper security measures will not be put in place to save the ever thriving industry.
“Why is Kenya being targeted with travel advisories, the west is against the choices Kenya has made. The economic welfare is a plan from international states to derail our economical growth,” claimed Kenya ports Authority chairman Danson Mungatana.
Mungatana who spoke during a pass out ceremony of KPA security operatives at the Manyani law enforcement academy, said the port of Mombasa will also face economical stagnation if proper security measures will not be taken.
The security department in the coastal region has also blamed the western states for making ill decisions over Kenya maintaining that security was beefed at all parts of the coast.
Mombasa county commissioner Nelson Marwa urged foreign tourists to ignore the directive since more security measures were in place to protect both local and international tourists.
Religious leaders, civil society groups and other relevant human rights groups have also blamed the western states for listing Kenya among the insecure countries to visit, terming it as a plot to derail the country’s economy.
The council of Imams and clerics of Kenya (CIPK) has challenged the government to withdraw its officers from Somalia war tone zone saying that was the only way to prevent the country from terror related disasters.
Speaking to the press after Friday prayers last week, the CIPK chairman Sheikh Mohammed Dhor said the state of insecurity in the country could not be condoned yet the Kenya defense forces engaged the terror groups in the neighbor country, Somalia.
Last week Britain, France and other western countries evacuated their citizens from the Kenyan soil terming Kenya as an insecure place to stay a move that has caused economical impact to the entire country.
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