The Mara Ngeche Camp in Maasai Mara National Reserve has been clossed by the National Environmental Management Authorities (NEMA) after a video showing its workers blocking wildebeests from crossing went viral online.
NEMA chairman John Konchella said that after thorough investigations they established that four tents were erected against the authority’s rules.
” The camp officially closes all its operations until a full environmental impact assessment study is done to determine the suitability of the camp at the confluence of Talek and Mara rivers,”said Konchella.
Konchella also blamed the camp for evading the law by providing a non-environmental audit.
He added that a serious environmental offence was the neglect of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
He said that if the assessment was done then it would have helped in preventing such scenarios from happening.
The authority is also investigating the legality of the camp which has been on business for over 10 years.
Days after the video went viral on social media, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala insisted on having a plan to manage the Mara National Reserve.
“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!” He said.
The CS also said that he had discussed the matter with Narok Governor Samuel Tunai to have the camp removed.
” I have discussed with Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai about the camp built beside the Mara River blocking the wildebeests crossing,” he said.
It is very disturbing and we expect the governor to take action and have the camp removed,” added Balala.
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