Kenya’s environmental authority has ordered the closure of a camp situated at the meeting point of River Taleki and River Mara for non-compliance to Environmental requirements.
In a series of tweets posted on their Twitter handle, National Environmental Management Authority ordered the camp to undertake fresh environmental Assessment requirement.
“NEMA has closed the Mara Ngenche Hotel in Maasai Mara game reserve for non-compliance to Environmental requirements. They were ordered to undertake new environmental Assessment to determine the suitability of the camp at the current site.” The tweet read.
NemaEMA added, “The camp management was ordered to demolish structures encroaching into the riparian reserves of the Mara River. NEMA will constitute an interagency team to audit all facilities in the Mara ecosystem in the next one month & all non-compliant facilities will be closed and prosecuted.”
The move comes after a video surfaced online showing the staff of Mara Ngeche camp chasing away the wildebeest during their famous annual migration in August.
The camp had obstructed the migration of the wildebeest from Serengeti in Tanzania to Maasai Mara in Kenya. The Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala asked the county government of Narok to close the camp for interfering with the animals’ movement.