CS Najib Balala halts construction at Hells Gate National Park

Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Hon. Najib Balala yesterday suspended the construction that has been ongoing inside the Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha.

The construction by Idyllic Mistley House has been ongoing for some time raising queries from residents. Idyllic Mistley House is a retreat centre based in Kiambu.

The news of the suspension was made public through a press release from the ministry on Friday.

“Hon. Najib Balala, EGH, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, following a site visit to Hells Gate National Park accompanied by a team of senior Kenya Wildlife Service, has today suspended the construction of Adventure Sports Park by Idyllic Mistley House in Hells Gate National Park,” read part of the press release.

In the presser, CS Najib Balala further directed Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), to interdict three of its senior officers involved in the day to day management of the park. The officers will be subjected to investigations to find out the circumstances leading to the construction within the premier National Park in Nakuru County.

Najib Balala also broke the news in a tweet from his official Twitter account.

According to Balala, the KWS Board of Trustees granted a provisional letter of commitment subject to a feasibility study, EIA within the provision of EMCA 2012. Construction was to be done at old staff camp, structures had to be eco-friendly and had to have environmental mitigation plans and be approved by KWS.

However, Idyllic Mistley House is said to have irregularly started the project construction without meeting the conditions stipulated.

Idyllic Mistley House has also been directed to stop all activity within the park and leave immediately.

Kenyans who had raised concerns about the construction within the park have praised CS Najib Balala for the action. However, some are wondering how the investors gained access into the park in the first place and construction begun.