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Old 10-28-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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Kenya Kenya assures investors of secure environment

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured that the Kenyan government will continue to guarantee security for all visitors and investors in the country.

Speaking at the Mahali Mzuri-Sir Richard Branson Kenyan Safari Camp in Narok County in western Kenya, the president urged all stakeholders to support efforts in strengthening the country's tourism industry.

Kenyatta thanked the renowned British entrepreneur for strongly opposing the issuance of travel advisories when terrorists attacked Nairobi's Westgate Mall last month.

“Terrorism is not something peculiar to Kenya but rather a global problem which we must fight together. By making people to cower over the attacks, the only person you are emboldening is the attacker,” the Kenyatta said.

However, by speaking out and saying the country will continue to move forward together, is a sign of victory Kenyans would want to show those purveyors of terror who wanted to cower and intimidate the people, President Kenyatta said.

Saying the future of the tourism sector lies in conservation of environment and wildlife, the head of state reiterated his government’s commitment in enforcing anti-poaching measures to deter anyone engaging in wanton destruction of the wildlife.

He said the government will embrace the new strategy of conserving environment and wildlife, an initiative which ensures both the local communities and investors reap maximum benefits from the tourism industry.

“Ensuring that the local community participate and benefit from such investments, will help in protecting and preserving our heritage, it’s the direction we want to go in this industry with the concerned investors so as to minimize environmental degradation,” added the President.

President Kenyatta, who was celebrating his 52nd birthday, thanked Branson and his partners for investing in a unique camp in conjunction with the local community in Mutorogi at the Mara North conservancy.

The president pledged to work with Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai in wooing investors from all over the world to invest in the county. –
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