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Daily Nation : February 11th 2014
18 | THE COUNTIES MOMBASA | Board calls for improved security to promote tourism Cruise ship docks with 500 tourists A second cruise ship arrives in Mombasa this year, boosting cruise tourism that had slowed down BY MATHIAS RINGA @mathiasringa email@example.com A cruise ship docked at Mombasa with 362 tourists and 168 crew members yesterday, boosting cruise tourism that has declined in recent years. The Ms Hamburg was the second cruise ship to arrive in Mombasa this year after Ms Nautica brought 600 visitors last month. Last year, only two such ships arrived at the coastal town, with about 1,000 holidaymakers. The tourists aboard the Baha- mas-registered cruise ship were from Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria and Italy. The visitors arrived from the Comoros Islands in the morning and were expected to depart for Zanzibar last evening. According to Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) managing director Muriithi Ndegwa, the tourists were expected to head to Tsavo East national park and Shimba Hills game reserve for game drives and lunch. BACKGROUND Sea piracy has declined racy’s peak in 2011. According to the International Maritime Bureau, pirate attacks have sharply declined in recent years. There were 264 pirate attacks in 2013, a 40 per cent drop since pi- The main reason was the decline off the coast of Somalia. Only 15 incidents were reported off the Somali coast in 2013. Others were expected to visit Haller Park at Bamburi, among other excursions in Mombasa County. The KTB official said the ar- rival of the second cruise ship this year was a boost to cruise tourism after a slump in the last three years. In 2010, the country attracted more than 12,000 cruise tourists but the number dropped sharply the following years due to piracy in Somali territorial waters, he said. “But we are glad that this year we have received two cruise ships with over 900 tourists due to improved security,” he said. Decline in pirate attacks Mr Ndegwa attributed the im- provement to a decline in pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia due to joint security efforts by international navies and the Kenya Defence Forces. He explained that the tourism board in collaboration with the Kenya Ports Authority had aggressively campaigned for ships to cruise to Mombasa following improved security off the coast of Somalia. Kenya, being a member of the Cruise Indian Ocean Association, he said, was able to jointly promote the sector with other African member countries like South Africa, Tanzania and Mauritius. The KTB boss was optimistic that cruise tourism might recover this year if security continued to improve off the coast of Somalia and peace is maintained in Mombasa. TAITA TAVETA Elephant population drops by 1,500 BY NATION CORRESPONDENT The number of elephants has dropped by 1,573, the Tsavo-Mkomanzi aerial census has shown. The census, which comes once every three years, has indicated that there are 11,000 elephants in an area of more than 48,000 square kilometres and touching on seven counties and part of Tanzania. This figure means a loss of 1,573 elephants within the last three years because there were 12,573 elephants according to the 2011 census. Kenya Wildlife Service director of the Devolution and Community Service Division Benjamin Kavu released this year’s provisional results of the census at Sarova Salt-Lick Hotel in Tsavo West yesterday. “Kenyan wildlife is faced with big challenges of poaching, climate change, which has eaten into the habitats of wild animals, and a community that is becoming more indifferent to natural resource conservation,” said Mr Kavu. He was however, confident that wildlife was safer now that the Wildlife Act 2013 has come into force and even started punishing those convicted of wildlife crimes. Acres which the TaitaTaveta County has earmarked for an animal conservancy 10,000 ‘‘ Mr Kavu said wildlife safety in Kenya and the rest of East Africa does not lie in increasing the number of game rangers but with a community that is fully educated on the indispensability of wild animals to the tourism industry. He praised the Taita-Taveta county We are thankful the county for taking the lead in establishing a conservation centre,” Benjamin Kavu, KWS official government for identifying 10,000 acres that will be used as an animal conservancy at its border with Kwale County. “We are thankful the county for taking the lead in establishing a conservation centre to protect its wild animals. We challenge all other counties to follow suit and we promise to support such endeavours,” he said. KEVIN ODIT | NATION Tourists disembark from cruise ship Mv Hamburg after they arrived in Mombasa yesterday. The 362 visitors and 168 crew members were to spend a day in Mombasa before proceeding to Zanzibar. The official called on Mombasa leaders to help contain radicalism among the youths to avert chaos in the resort town. Intensify peace campaigns He noted that the chaos that broke out at Masjid Musa mosque two weeks ago caused cancellation of bookings, including by the International Association of Deposit Insurers. A Mombasa hotel lost about Sh20 million in accommodation fees after the association officials called off a meeting they had planned for February 9 to 16 in the town following the chaos. “I appeal to Mombasa lead- ers to intensify peace campaigns among youth to avert further chaos,” he said. “Whenever chaos happens, it impacts negatively on the sector, resulting to tourist booking cancellations.” DAILY NATION Tuesday February 11, 2014 SACKED NUNS DEMAND TO BE REINSTATED AT HOSPITAL Tension grips mission hospital at the centre of ownership dispute. Page 20 BRIEFLY KIRINYAGA Gang steals Sh5m from petrol station Armed gangsters raided a petrol station in Ngurubani Town yesterday and made away with Sh5.2 million. During the dramatic broad daylight robbery, a pedestrian, Mr Duncan Mutie, was shot in the leg and seriously wounded. Staff of the Merica petrol station were taking the cash to a local Equity Bank branch in a pick-up when a saloon car pulled up and blocked them. Four gun-totting gangsters jumped out of the car, took the cash before escaping. EMBU Woman sent to jail for cruelty to her children A 40-year-old mother of four was yesterday sentenced to six months in jail for neglecting and assaulting her children. Ann Kanini, a casual labourer from Kathakwa Village near Kibugu market, Embu West Sub-County, pleaded guilty to continually assaulting her children and denying them food and proper care. Embu resident magistrate Becky Cheloti dismissed pleas of mercy from Kanini after the court heard that one of her children suffered a broken leg. NAKURU Five charged with robbery, carjacking Three men and two women alleged to have carjacked a taxi driver were yesterday charged at a court in Nakuru. Adrian Odhiambo, Robert Kamboti, John Mwangi, Risper Wangeci and Hellen Gathoni were charged with capital robbery and carjacking. They are accused of robbing Mr Joseph Mwangi of a car valued at Sh655,000 at gunpoint, in January at Nakuru town. They denied the charges and were detained at Njoro police station for investigations to be completed. NAKURU Roads agency ordered to consult residents The Kenya Urban Roads Au- thority must consult residents of a Nakuru estate before conducting a feasibility study for construction of a major highway, a judge ruled yesterday. The residents of Naka estate had moved to the High Court to restrain the government from demolishing their homes to pave way for the construction of the southern bypass. Justice Anyara Emukule observed that the government had legal mandate to compulsorily acquire land but must consult with the people to be affected.
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