DM party leader Raila Odinga has hit out at airport officials over corruption, which puts off tourists.
“Kama watalii wanakuja humu Kenya. Huko kwa kiwanja bidhaa zao zinakaguliwa. Mtu anafungua sanduku yako anaona umenunua bidhaa ya familia yako (When tourists come to Kenya, their goods are inspected and found to have items bought for their families,” Raila said.
“…Wanaona suruali ya watoto wako hata bikini ya bibi yako.Unambiwa ati fungua sanduku. Unaulizwa hii ni nini na umetoa wapi. Mara wapi yellow card? Hali ya mazingira ya ndege inafanya watu wasikuja hapa Kenya (They find children’s inner wear and women’s bikinis. They are told to open their suitcases and are asked where they got the items from. If it’s not being asked for a yellow card, it’s something else. The airport environment makes toruists avoid Kenya).”
Raila spoke during the commissioning of Mama Ngina drive in Mombasa on Monday.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, Tourism CS Najib Balala, Mombasa governor Hassan Joho were among those present.
Kenya’s earnings from tourism rose by almost a third in 2018 from Sh119 billion to Sh157.4 billion, a 37 per cent increase.
Raila said corruption has eaten up Kenya’s tourism industry and has to be dealt with.
“Hawa watu lazima waende pale Dubai waone vile vitu zinafanywa…mara toa kitu kidogo…unaingia kwa hoteli ndio hiyo kwa nightclub ndio hiyo.. (These people should o to Dubai and see how things are done instead of asking for bribes at the hotels and night clubs),” he said.