Published on : Friday, March 17, 2017
The Lamu County is gradually showing signs of betterment after British government pulled out its travel restrictions. The restriction orders influenced Manda Islands and Lamu to a huge extent. Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office proclaimed the raise of its travel advisory last Friday which would allow the tourists from the UK to travel safely to Lamu and Manda Islands.
The advisory appeared as a result of insecurity in county on account of constant terror attacks followed by kidnapping of the visitors by Al-Shabaab militants. While talking to the journalists on Wednesday Lamu Governor Issa Timamy said that the move made by the British government related to travel advisory happened at the opportune moment for the tourism sector of the country.
As informed by Mr. Timamy, he attended a number of meetings with the British High Commissioner in Lamu, Mombasa and Nairobi where he brought the topic of lifting of the travel advisories. He also added that he was quite confident that the action taken by the UK to raise the travel advisory would be a long term effect in stabilizing Lamu County.
To quote Mr. Timamy, ‘’ I am delighted that the British Government decided to suspend the travel ban on Lamu and Manda Islands. When our tourism sector is picking, it means our fishermen are able to sell their catch to the various hotels; our farmers once the weather improves will be able to sell their commodities to the hotels. It means our dhow and boat operators and tour guides will be engaged in one way or the other. I really commend the British High Commissioner and the British government as a whole for lifting the advisories.’’