Ailing tourism set for further beating as Mombasa's Old Town falls into ruins

Kenya Coast Tourism Association chairman Mohammed Hersi during an interview with the Nation on July 26, 2014. The ailing tourism sector is set for further beating if the government does not release funds to repair historical structures in Mombasa’s Old Town. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

What you need to know:

  • The buildings in Mombasa and Lamu old towns were last renovated in 2002 when the European Union gave a Sh100 million grant. “The government has never allocated money for repairs,” said Mr Hussein.
  • Among the attractions is unique architecture of structures built in the early 19th century, with a mix of Arabic, Indian, Portuguese and Persian influence. Fort Jesus is more than 400 years old.
  • Mombasa County Lands Executive Francis Thoya said construction of buildings whose plans NMK has not approved has been stopped. “We’ll not allow developers to destroy the heritage,” said Mr Thoya.

The ailing tourism sector is set for further beating if the government does not release funds to repair historical structures in Mombasa’s Old Town.

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