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Tourism stakeholders want security beefed in Mombasa

10 February 2014, 13:31 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - The tourism sector in the Coastal Province is set to get a blow as tourists are cancelling their tours to the tourist destination due to the rising insecurity in Mombasa.

The stakeholders now want the government to quickly look for ways on ensuring investors and tourists are protected.

Led by the Coast Tourism Association executive director, Millicent Odhiambo the stakeholders said that more than 70 visitors have already cancelled their tours tothe Kenyan coast.

“Poverty is going to rise if the trend of insecurity continues. Mombasa is a tourism destination and most of its residents depend on tourism. That is why we are asking the security agents and all stakeholders to come together to look for an amicable solution," said Odhiambo.

Speaking to the press in Mombasa over the weekend, Odhiambo said more investors may not be able to invest in the County if the government does not put up strategic measures to protect their property.

“Nobody will be willing to invest in our County if there is no security, ”she said.

She said security agents should make use of security vehicles and maintain security in the County. The move comes as tension still remains high in the entire County over possible chaos from rogue youths.

“I wonder what is happening in our County. Despite investing so much in police vehicles, peace is degrading and this may affect us for the whole year," she said.

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