Written by: Karim Kara
With the current devastating poaching situation in Kenya and Africa as a whole, Non Governmental groups and conservation bodies, supported by bands of individuals singing the same song, marched the streets of Mombasa chanting “Protect our Heritage”.
Frustrations from groups and individuals on the lack of stringent punishable laws and protection for the Rangers in the line of duty, as well as wanting to see action from the thus far silent government on the matter that is the 2nd, largest income for Kenya; Tourism.
Mohammed Hersi, Chairman of Mombasa Coast & Tourist Association (MCTA), who led the procession of an overwhelming followership of Tour Operators, Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO), kids from Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, and other wishers and wildlife enthusiasts. In an impressive strategic ploy, the Chefs from Sarova Whitesands Beach Hotel & Resort also turned up, though holding up no placard, but their tools of trade to say one thing, “No wildlife, no tourism. No Tourism, No Jobs!”
Cheering the protestors Mr. Hersi was quite clear saying: “We are demanding, not requesting”, “Stop ivory trade”, to which the protestors volleyed with a battering echo repeating what Mr. Hersi’s protests.
The protest started from The Tusks on Moi Avenue, to the PC’s office where Mr. Hersi addressed the PC’s representative, Mr Denis Mutiso, on the current issues on Poaching, where Mr Hersi handed over the Memorandum to Mr. Mutiso. The procession was then led mto KWS Office’s where the same was handed to KWS Senior Warden, Michael Gichule by Mr. Hersi.
All photos © Karim Kara