A powerful developer has caused anger among Kenyans after a video emerged of a camp built right in the path of wildebeests’ migration at the Mara River at the heart of Maasai Mara.
It is a horrible face of greed and wanton corruption in the country, and casts more doubts on the nation’s leadership with regard to fighting the vice.
The video widely shared on twitter shows a herd of wildebeests not being able to cross to the other side of the Mara River because their path was blocked by a camp.
There are individuals too who can be seen in the video driving the herd right back into the river, with many of the animals falling awkwardly into the enormous river.
Sharing his anger and disgust at the sight of the animals struggling to migrate, Tourism CS Najib Balala said that stern action will be taken against the developer.
“I have discussed with Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai, about the camp built beside the Mara River, blocking the Wildebeest crossing. It’s very disturbing and we expect the Governor to take action and have the camp removed!” wrote Balala on twitter.
I have discussed with Narok County Governor @SamuelTunai, about the camp built beside the Mara River, blocking the Wildebeest crossing. Its very disturbing and we expect the Governor to take action and have the camp removed! pic.twitter.com/2jLHQHb7lV
— Najib Balala (@tunajibu) September 8, 2020
He further said: “I have also insisted that we need a Maasai Mara National Reserve Management Plan, that will not only enhance biodiversity, but also protect our wildlife migratory corridors, from greed!”
Kenyans angered by the video faulted authorities for enabling the construction of the camp site.
Tourism Professional Association said that it was ‘saddened by the actions of the camp to block free movement of the Wildebeests in their natural habitat. An amicable solution must be found to stop any further construction of camps along migratory routes of wildlife in all conservation areas.’
Another twitter user asked: “A natural wonder of the world and we have people chasing back the Wildebeest? This is the point where the National govt. gets in, deals with the situation alafu shida baadaye… Dealing with the county becomes secondary…”
“How was it even built at the first place, where was KWS Kenya, where was Kenya Forest Service? Where was Environment CS? Where was @ministryofland Who approved this? State House Kenya this is so sad.” Beja questioned.
One Twitter user observed: “How does the county even approve such a project? Where is NEMA in all this? Do they only get involved when one tries to start a micro-enterprise in Kenya while big businesses are exempt from being responsible for the environment?”
There have been reports of many other camps such as this put up along the Mara River which is the major migratory route for Wildebeests.