Church club re­places pil­lar on Mt Kenya

‘Kenyans should take ad­van­tage of parks’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - KIRIMI MURITHI @Mu­rithik

Sixty per cent of the tourists to Mt Kenya in the last year have been do­mes­tic vis­i­tors, the Meru gov­ern­ment has said.

The Up in The Moun­tain Bible Mis­sion spon­sored the re­place­ment of a mon­u­ment of the Bible on the Le­nana Peak, 4,985m above sea level. The mon­u­ment was built in 2013, but was van­dalised.

The mis­sion or­gan­ised the largest group of vis­i­tors to the peak at a go – 40 peo­ple. They in­cluded two county tourism of­fi­cers, porters, guides and med­i­cal per­son­nel who trekked about 25km to reach the peak.

County tourism di­rec­tor Den­nis Kinoti on Satur­day said, “Meru county is home to Mt Kenya. Kenyans should ex­plore our parks and reserves. The Si­r­i­mon Gate is among the best and pop­u­lar routes to climb­ing Mt Kenya. The county gov­ern­ment works very well with the Kenya Wildlife Ser­vice and other part­ners that have a com­mon ob­jec­tive of pro­mot­ing tourism.”

Mt Kenya Na­tional Park se­nior war­den Si­mon Gi­tau praised the KWS and the county gov­ern­ment for sup­port­ing lo­cal tourism and con­ser­va­tion.

He said lack of in­fra­struc­ture has been a set­back.

“I be­lieve we can ac­com­plish more through mar­ket­ing and job cre­ation to cul­ti­vate a sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship that ben­e­fits us all by do­ing busi­ness,” Gi­tau said.

Up in the Moun­tain Bible Mis­sion chair­man David Oletetu said the Bible mon­u­ment hon­ours Kenya’s fallen heroes.

“We have be­liev­ers from dif­fer­ent de­nom­i­na­tions. Kenyans should take ad­van­tage of our re­sources. Climb Mt Kenya and visit our na­tional parks and reserves,” he said.

‘WE CAN CRE­ATE JOBS IF MORE PEO­PLE VISIT PARKS’

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