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Stop bickering, Balala tells political class

13 January 2016, 15:25 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Tourism cabinet secretary, Najib Balala has urged the political class in Mombasa to turn down political pressure in region for the Country to benefit from the KES 5.2 billion that has been pumped into the sector to revive the industry.

Balala said the investment will not be realized if the continued political bickering continues.

“We have to stop the bickering because unconstructive political bickering will hurt our economy further. It's time to focus on the positives,” said Balala.

Speaking during the official launch of the English Park Marina in Mombasa, Balala urged key tourism players to shun the negative setbacks affecting the industry and focus on solutions to the sector.

He urged leaders to work in harmony to realize development in the region.

His sentiments were echoed by KCB group chief executive officer, Joshua Oigara who said the Kenyan economy has grown and the English Park Marina was evidence of the tremendous growth.

Oigara urged Kenyans to be believers in their economy and focus on the positives in their economy.

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The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya have also urged politicians to shun the bickering and compete in delivering services to the public.

“Political leaders should now focus on services delivery rather than the bickering currently being experienced,” said CIPK secretary general, Mohamed Khalifa.

Balala revealed that the government has pumped KES 1.1 billion to revive the tourism sector in the in the Coastal region.

He further said the government has waived the cost for landing of chartered planes in Mombasa and Malindi to attract more tourist.

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