The High Court of Kenya has blocked the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) from shutting down Mara Ngenche as directed on 17th September.
According to the court, the camp will remain untouched until when the case is heard and verdict issued.
Mara Ngenche safari camp which has been in business for 10-years hit headlines during this year’s wildebeest migration blocking the movement path of the animals.
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In a video shared widely, the camp staff could be seen redirecting the wildebeest something that angered Kenyans.
Tourism CS Najib Balala reacted by confirming to have held discussion with Governor Samuel Tunai of Narok to have the camp removed as the scene is annoying.
“I have discussed with Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai, about the camp built beside the Mara River, blocking the Wildebeest crossing. Its very disturbing and we expect the Governor to take action and have the camp removed!” Said Tourism CS Najib Balala
NEMA acted swiftly by taking a tour to the camp before ordering its closure pending assessment to determine if its current location is suitable.
“NEMA has closed the Mara Ngeche Hotel in Maasai Mara game reserve for non-compliance to Environmental requirements. They were ordered to undertake fresh environmental Assessment to determine the suitability of the camp at current site.” Said NEMA.