, NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 4 – Nyandarua County is set to benefit from bilateral relations with a Chinese City geared towards boosting the tourism industry of the county and also in the improvement of the agricultural sector.
County Governor Daniel Waithaka says the pact will help improve on the field of science, business, technology, culture, sports, education, among others.
Waithaka who part of the delegation that accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta to China recently said he had an opportunity to visit Wuonjin district within Zhangzhou City where he also signed a letter of intent and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will help boost the economy of the region.
The Governor noted that if well exploited, tourist sites in the county can generate revenue.
“If well exploited, tourist sites in the county including the hippopotamus inhabited Lake Olobolosat have the potential to earn the county income from both local and foreign tourists,” he said.
He cited the three main eco-systems within the Aberdare Mountains; the rain forest, which gives way to dense bamboo forests, which itself gives way to moorland as the altitude rises.
“The forest is home to a multitude of elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog and the endangered black rhino,” he said.
He said that the Aberdare’s are also an excellent area for spotting the elusive leopard and occasional sightings have been made of the golden cat. black and white columbus and sykes monkeys are easily seen, as are waterbuck, reedbuck, duikers, cats and bushbuck.
He stated that the Aberdare’s are also a vital water catchments area, the rain forest feeding most of the local area and the city of Nairobi from its rivers and streams.
“Nyandarua has great tourist attraction sites that my government is going to explore to increase the number of tourists to earn income for implementing proposed projects,” he said.