In Summary
  • He cited the dwindling number of flamingos and wild animals that have in the past given the park international fame.
  • The CS revealed that the national government will set aside Sh300 million to create artificial waterfalls.
  • Nakuru Deputy Governor Eric Korir said the county government is working to diversify tourism products.

The dwindling fortunes of Lake Nakuru National Park has sparked alarm in the national government.

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala regretted that the once highly acclaimed wildlife refuge is fast losing its lustre.

He cited the dwindling number of flamingos and wild animals, more so the lions, that have in the past given the park international fame.

“To me, Lake Nakuru National Park is as good as dead… it is very sad. A number of trees have also withered,” said Mr Balala during an engagement forum with stakeholders at a Naivasha hotel Thursday.

He challenged Kenya Wildlife Service researchers to conduct a comprehensive study and offer solutions on how to improve the fortunes of the park.

He also challenged the Nakuru County government to ensure that raw sewage does not flow into the lake, saying he will work with his Environment counterpart to address the issue.

DISAPPOINTING GAME DRIVE

“We shall hold talks with my counterpart in the Ministry of Environment over the issue of pollution in Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha and I promise stern action,” added the CS.

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