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Identify tourist attractions and rehabilitate them

18 June 2013, 18:06 John Kioko

Kwale County government has been urged to identify all tourist attraction sites, document and use them to generate revenue for County  development purposes.

Former Msambweni Constituency Development Fund (CDF) officer Ali Shufa said that the area is rich in tourist attraction sites which are  currently idle.

He said if the sites can be identified and rehabilitated, they can generate a lot of income to the County government and help in development projects to uplift the living standards of local residents.

"We have a lot of attractive sites and historical ones which if looked into can generate enough money to fund our developments projects," he said.

Speaking in Kwale on Sunday, Shufa said that focus should be shifted from foreign tourists to domestic tourism by rehabilitating all traditional
historical sites in the area.

"There are areas that the Digo and Duruma tribes used as places of worship. They can be used to generate revenue to our County if students on educational tour, foreign and domestic tourists can be visiting them. That is something that can be done,” he added.

He proposed that all shrines like Dzombo Hill, Kaya Kinondo and Gazi Makongeni among other sacred areas in the region to be used as tourist attraction centers.

Shufa said the time has come for the Kwale County government leaders to bring together their heads and find means of getting revenue to
support development projects instead of relying on the cash distributed by the central government only.

The County, Shufa observed, has remained behind in development and educational progress for a long time.

"We want to see our Country moving ahead in development  and it can be achieved if our leaders work hard. It should not be business as usual where elected leaders just sit down and wait for the next election year," he noted.

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