The Star (Kenya)

State pro­motes agro-tourism at Mi­jik­enda fes­ti­val

- SHABAN OMAR/ Animals · Ecology · Travel · Wildlife · Kwale

The na­tional gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day used the Chenda Chenda cer­e­mony in Kwale county to spear­head the agro-tourism in­dus­try.

Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­taries Sa­fina Kwekwe (Tourism), Josephta Mukobe (Cul­ture) and Fred Se­gor (Wildlife) chaired the event. It in­cor­po­rated the Mi­jik­enda Kaya el­ders from Tana River, Lamu, Kwale, Taita Taveta and Kil­ifi to ap­pre­ci­ate the di­ver­sity and unity of the coastal peo­ple.

The Shimba Hills Na­tional Re­serve was cho­sen for the oc­ca­sion. Shimba for­est is said to be an icon of the Kwale com­mu­ni­ties be­cause great Kayas and ma­jor rit­u­als once held in it.

It is also the largest coastal for­est in East Africa and home to many species of trees and an­i­mals.

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