Elgeyo Marakwet pushes for Sh1bn car cable plan


Elgeyo-Marakwet County Governor Alex Tolgos. FILE

Elgeyo Marakwet County wants the Ministry of Tourism to fast-track a feasibility study on a Sh1 billion cable car project to unlock its potential to attract top-paying tourists to its scenic escapements.

Governor Alex Tolgos said the project mooted six six years ago was crucial to boosting county revenues.

“We are still looking for partners and now ask Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala to move with speed so that we find a way to jumpstart it,” said Mr Tolgos.

“We were told that companies had applied to carry out the study and were waiting to be awarded thetender.”

The county seeks to be the first to construct the cableways that will see tourists taken from the valleys into the Rimoi National Reserve.

“Imagine boarding a cable car in Iten to the Rimoi National Reserve. They (tourists) will have paid including entry charge. It is a project we have been yearning to implement, we are hopeful that it will be done,” said Mr Tolgos.

“Countries such as South Africa, which have escarpments, are reaping big from such ventures and we want to take the same route,” added Mr Tolgos.

Other countries with cable cars are Brazil with her scenic Sugarloaf Mountain and Switzerland’s legendary Grindelwald-Männlichen cableways.

In anticipation of the tourists influx, Mr Tolgos’ administration has started renovating the iconic Kamariny Stadium in Iten.

The stadium opened by Queen Elizabeth in the 1980s would be a major boost for athletics and local tourism.

“Athletics is a tourist attraction and Iten being the destination for the world’s top runners, we are likely to attract tourists to come and watch them train,” Mr Tolgos said.