The Elgeyo Marakwet county assembly has expressed concern over poor infrastructure that has had negative effects on the potential of Rimoi National Park.
Tabling a motion in parliament, said Rimoi is home to 200 elephants and that the county government had re-stocked the park with other wild animals at a cost of Sh 7 million, hence the need for the infrastructure to be improved to raise revenue.
Other national parks in the country like the Maasai Mara have managed to generate millions of shillings both for the county and country, and therefore we need to have a comprehensive management plan for Rimoi in a bid to spur revenue generation, he told the house.
The member added that given that the county receives among the least allocation from the treasury, Rimoi will help to raise the much needed revenue.
The assembly during the passing of the supplementary budget raised concern that the county failed to raise the Sh.160 million targeted in the last financial year by Sh.63 million.
Gloria Changwony (nominated) said the Biretwo-Rimoi road was in a poor state, inhibiting access to the park and called on both the national and county governments to improve the road to attract tourists.
Zecharia Magut (Soy North) called on the executive to invest more in the park and market it to attract both local and foreign tourists.
The Speaker, Philemon Sabulei said there was need for the establishment of hotels and conference facilities in the county to attract more tourists.
One wonders why we find ourselves in Eldoret, Kisumu Nairobi and Naivasha for meetings yet if we had the facilities, we would not only be meeting here but other counties would also be coming here, he said.
He directed the relevant committee to ensure that the county benefits from its natural resources.
Source: Kenya News Agency