Maritime Affairs CS Salim Mvurya bans all activities along Indian Ocean beaches past 5pm
The government has banned all recreational activities along the beaches of the Indian Ocean and Lake Victoria.
Mining, Blue Economy & Maritime affairs cabinet secretary Salim Mvurya says the move is a precautionary measure to avert loss of lives especially now when hundreds are visiting the coast for the festivities.
“We don’t expect to see anyone at the beach past 5:30pm, and we have made this decision after wide consultations with different stakeholders” said Cs Mvurya
This comes after two people drowned on Christmas Day at the Jomo Kenyatta public beach in Mombasa county.
The deceased were part of the revellers who had hired a boat for a ride but the vessel capsized. Nine people were rescued among them two children who still recuperating in hospital.
“We have also directed that all the boats operating in the ocean be inspected to ensure safety. We also want all of them to have safety gear such as floaters because we have realised that some have vests that even look like reflector jackets” added Mvurya
The Cs toured Diani beach in Kwale county, together with top officials from the Kenya Maritime Authority led by chairman Hamisi Mwaguya.
He reiterated that his ministry has engaged all security agencies to ensure compliance at the same time urging players in the hotel industry to adhere to the set regulations.
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