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Italian Investors want Malindi cleaned

13 November 2012, 11:38 Alloys Musyoka

Italian Investors in Malindi district have decried poor garbage collection  which they claim is painting bad image to the tourists hub.

Italian Billionaire Flavio Briatore observed that the town was in bad environmental condition which is not favorable for tourists visiting the area.

Briatore said it was so discouraging to see the dirty town despite frequent visit of high profile people from across the world and especially former Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who had arrived for holiday.

Addressing journalists at his Billionaire Resort which is on construction at marine Park, Briatore said as much as investors are struggling to put up unique  structures to attract dignitaries across they world, the municipal council should clean up the town.

"We are doing our effort to put up business enterprises which will attract well known people and people across the world, so it is locals' duty to clean the area for visitors to be attracted," he said.

The Billionaire pointed out that their aim was to improve the quality of tourism, adding that cleaning of the town can only be done by locals and not investors.

Briatore who was accompanied by Malindi MP Gideon Munga'ro when they inspected the Billionaire exclusive Resort, also mentioned that the roads leading to the tourist town should be improved.

"The roads here are terrible with potholes. The government, through its leaders, should make these roads so that tourists do not feel bad when they come here for their holidays," he asserted.

He added, "If you concentrate with cheap tourism you will definitely go nowhere."

Sources said that Berlusconi may have intentions to invest in Malindi although Briatore did not openly confirm when asked by the media.

The Italian Investor who owns Lion in the Sun Hotel in the area, called on the government to ensure security and peace before, during and after general election saying that this will safeguard foreign investments in the country.

"We don't want a repeat of last general election where people killed each other, businesses looted and all that. There should be peace and security so that our investments are protected to avoid scarring away more investors who may have planned to channel their investments in the country," he appealed.

Mung'aro assured investors in the area that the country was committed towards ensuring that there is peace and security during the coming general election.

He asserted that the government has started peace meetings to ensure Kenyans co-exist peacefully and not divided because of elections.

On the issue of garbage and cleaning of the tourists' town the area MP said he will be meeting with municipal mayor to discuss the issue and ensure that garbage are collected all over the district.

The Billionaires' Exclusive Jambo Resort is expected to offer butlers services.

According to Briatore, the staffs will be trained abroad to offer the best service to big people from across the world.

About 300 youths are expected to be employed at the Resort and a casino which is also being constructed.

The over 700 million investments is expected to be completed in seven months.


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