Coast tourism players welcome Balala’s return

By: BRIAN OTIENO

Tourism stakeholders at the Coast yesterday welcomed the return of Najib Balala to the ministry following a Cabinet shuffle by President Uhuru.

On Tuesday night, Balala was moved from Mining to Tourism ministry, the docket he headed between April 17, 2008, and March 26, 2012.

The ministry has been hived off the East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism ministry, which was headed by Phyllis Kandie. She is now CS for Labour and East Africa Affairs.

Balala is the best suited to head Tourism, said the Kenya Coast Tourists Association, Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers and several hoteliers

They said the creation of a stand-alone Tourism ministry is something they have been clamouring for years.

“This is a man who knows where the shoe pinches. He knows the business inside out and is not coming to learn anything new,” KCTA chairman Mohamed Hersi said.