The Kilifi North Member of Parliament, Owen Baya, has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to make tourism the big fifth development agenda so as to redeem the economy of Kilifi County.
Speaking at a fundraising and ground breaking of construction of a modern national girls’ high school by the name, Shomani Girls High School at Kakuyuni, Malindi Sub-county at the weekend, the MP said the county earns approximately Sh.3 billion from tourism sector per year.
However, Baya accused the government of failure in doing proper marketing of the county’s tourism potential.
The MP said, the people of Kilifi County are appreciating the infrastructure the government has put in place so far, but there is need to intensify marketing and security.
The legislator further added that it was a shame for the people of Kilifi be victims of hunger all the time, despite food security and manufacturing being among the government’s big four agenda.
For instance, why can’t the government construct a river canal for our people to embark on irrigation and reduce water wastage?, he lamented.
Baya also blamed the national government for failing to build processing industries for coconuts and cashew nuts that originate from the county, adding that such factories would give local people jobs.
Source: Kenya News Agency