The National Government will set aside Sh300 million to create artificial waterfalls in a bid to boost tourism.
Speaking during the forum meant to explore and exploit tourism opportunities in Nakuru County, tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala raised a red flag over Lake Nakuru park's falling fortunes.The CS termed the dwindling number of flamingos as a sign of fall to the park.“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.
He added that the move to create water falls will help revive the sector, urging the county government to avoid pollution to the lake.He challenged researchers from the Kenya Wildlife Service to carry out a comprehensive study and offer solutions on how to improve the fortunes of the park.Balala said he will work with his Environment counterpart to address the issue affecting the park.“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.
The CS was disappointed for going around the park without any trace of the big five animals, saying some them must have relocated to other places due to pollution.“The park has been famous for its high number of flamingos but many of them have relocated to other places,” said the CS.