Germany to help Kenya’s tourism
Story by MATHIAS RINGA, in BERLIN-GERMANY
09. March 2008
The German government will help Kenya to revive the tourism
industry, Germany Foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier said on
Dr Steinmeier said that the power-sharing deal signed by President
Kibaki and Raila Odinga was the only recourse to peace.
He said this when he met a delegation from Kenya led by
Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka.
Mr Kalonzo was accompanied by Foreign Affairs minister Moses
Wetangula, MPs Kilemi Mwiria, Najib Balala and Kiema Kilonzo.
“The German government helped to ensure Kenya had peace,” Mr
Kalonzo said, adding that Kenya’s participation in the
International Tourism Bourse was intended kick start the country’s
tourism industry after post-election violence resulted in the
deaths of at least 1,000 people and the displacement of 250,000
He thanked the German government for supporting the tourism
industry which saw post-election arrivals drop by 90 per cent.
Mr Kalonzo said Parliament would pass the necessary legislation to
legitimise the grand coalition government, and he said
constitutional reforms would be completed in a year.
Meanwhile, German minister for Economic Co-operation and
Development Heidemarie Wicorek-Zeul said her government would
offer humanitarian assistance to Kenya in areas of agriculture,
water and housing.
On the other hand, Mr Musyoka said, the government and the Kenya
Wildlife Service had decided to suspend plans to raise entrance
fees to Kenya’s national parks in order to encourage people to
visit and as an incentive to tour operators.
The Germany ambassador to Kenya Walter Lidner urged Germany
tourists to visit Kenya, saying that the country was safe.