Mombasa beach operators can now resume their work at the Jomo Kenyatta public beach famously known as Pirates beach and Mama Ngina Waterfront recreational park.
This is after Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho ordered the reopening of the beaches that have remained closed for at least two years to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Traders operating at the two recreational places have constantly lamented the loss of their jobs after the county government closed down the places.
Jomo Kenyatta public beach which is the biggest public beach in Mombasa was shut down two years ago to pave way for its Sh2 million rehabilitation.
The Sh400 million Mama Ngina water front, which was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2019 was revamped to attract both foreign and local tourists. It was closed down in March 2020 to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Traders at the two beaches reached out to the authorities to call for reopening of the places which are their main source of income.
Governor Joho has now directed his officials to find ways and let the traders operate their businesses, and tourists enjoy the serene view of the beaches.
“Coming from the coast, I know the importance of the beaches to its people. As long as I am your leader, I will make sure your interests come first,” said Joho.
While marking the world tourism day at Pride in hotel, Governor Joho challenged coastal MPs to come up with policies that will support the beach operators, ensure those working at the beaches are registered, recognized, trained and have the capacity to deliver to tourists’ needs.
Joho said that his administration has enrolled a programme where 3,000 beach operators will be trained. So far, 600 have already graduated.
The governor also urged the beach workers to get vaccinated and avoid the much propaganda about the Covid-19 jab.
“Your work is based on interaction with people who travel a lot, either from the country or from outside the country. It is very important for you to get vaccinated, this is just like the other vaccines we received while we were young, it has no harm,” added Joho.
Changamwe Member of Parliament Omar Mwinyi has urged hoteliers to let beach operators work at the private beaches.
He said that access to the beaches will be an advantage to hoteliers as each hotel will have its own beach operators who will ensure there are no intruders.