Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lusaka invites tourism investors to Bungoma

BUNGOMA Governor Kenneth Lusaka has said his government will improve tourism.
He cited the ongoing mapping of tourist attraction sites and efforts to restore Mt Elgon eco-systems.
“Our county is endowed with unique scenic features, abundant wildlife in Mt Elgon National Park and rich cultural practices in our communities,” he said.
Bungoma will become the ultimate destination for both domestic and foreign tourists, Lusaka said.
He said plans are underway to build a high-altitude training centre at Chemoge.
It will be funded by the county government.
Historical and cultural sites will be rehabilitated to attract researchers, Lusaka said.
The governor presided over Tourism Day celebrations at Namakanda Rock at Mwibale, Kanduyi subcounty, on Saturday.
The county is home to the “elephant maternity” on the edges of Mt Elgon Forest near Kapsokwony where the jumbos trek to give birth.
He urged investors to target and spur growth in the hospitality industry.
The county government is undertaking a Sh460 million rural roads network upgrade.
A Sh230 million rehabilitation of urban roads in Bungoma, Webuye and Kimilili towns has been completed.
The national government is funding the construction of four all weather roads which President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to launch next month.
The roads are Lwakhakha-Sirisia-Chwele, Kamukuywa-Kapsokwony-Kopsiro-Namwela, Musikoma-Buyofu and Musikoma-Sang’alo-Navakholo roads.
“We must collaborate with the national government which funds infrastructure development,” Lusaka said.
He said Uhuru will visit Bungoma next month to award Kibabii University its own charter.
“Kibabii University will have its own constituent colleges thereafter hence more higher education opportunities for our young people.
Tourism executive Teresa Nakhungu urged the business community in the hotel industry promoting the home stay concept to register with her ministry.


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