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Mombasa's piling garbage hinders tourism recovery: Balala

Garbage piled up in front of businesses outside the Kongowea market in Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NMG
Garbage piled up in front of businesses outside the Kongowea market in Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NMG  

Mombasa County's mounds of rotting garbage are among challenges affecting growth of tourism industry in the devolved unit, Tourism Secretary Najib Balala has said.

Mr Balala said that although the port city is the country’s resort hub, its state of uncleanness presents a major concern to both local and international tourists.

“Rotting garbage in Mombasa is hampering the government’s efforts to revive tourism in this popular destination,” he said Monday, while calling on the county government to address an ongoing garbage collection crisis.

Industry stakeholders have in the past urged the devolved unit to play its part in keeping the city clean ahead of this year's high tourist season.