Kenya: Mara Land Owners Federation Wants Chinese Camp Demolished


By Kiplang'at Kirui, The Star

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MAASAI Mara Land Owners Federation has demanded a camp owned by the Chinese in the world-famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve be demolished.

Led by the chairman Sylvester Ntutu, vice chairman Hassan ole Kamwaro and Treasurer Daniel Taleng’o ole Kiptunen, they said the African Asian lodge did not follow the procedures from NEMA and county government as required by the law.

He demanded an inquiry to be set up to look into how the Chinese acquired the land.

“It is clear that the law was not followed on the transfer of land to foreigners and as the land owners we shall not accept individuals whose aim is to conduct their business under unclear manner from our land,” said Kamwaro.

Kiptunen said the camp has totally violated the architectural designs of lodges and camps noting that the structures that have been established are meant for urban dwelling.

“The glory of the Maasai Mara is going to the dogs if nothing is quickly done. We call on the national and county governments to ensure that this eyesore is brought down immediately,” said Kiptunen, who is also CEO of Seasons group of Hotels.

On his part, Ntutu that there has been an increase in poaching targeting elephants and rhinos since the camp came into being.

“As the government moves in to bring down this camp we appeal to Kenya Wildlife service to the recent rise in poaching targeting elephants and rhinos in the Mara. The trend is really worrying,” said Ntutu.

When contacted Narok County Tourism and Wildlife Executive Member Allan Twala conceded that the camp is not eco-friendly because it conflicts the natural interest of conservation.

He said camp has blocked the animals’ corridor of movement and added that it has encroached on wildlife hideouts, breeding areas and feeding points. He revealed that he has asked the camp owners to bring it down.

He said as a county they are doing a review on lodges, camps and tents with a viewing of closing those that have not met the ecological requirements.


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