The British government has entered a partnership with Malindi County government to revamp the coastal town in a Ksh. 7 billion deal.
The British government will finance the project under the Sustainable Urban Economic Development (Sued) Programme supported by the Department for International Development (DFID).
The project will include the rehabilitation of the Malindi beachfront and the construction of a 5.5-kilometre Lawfords – Vasco da Gama – Marine Park road at a cost of Ksh. 225 million.
Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi said the British government has already disbursed Ksh. 800 million aid earmarked for the construction of a marine city resort in Malindi, similar to the Mama Ngina Waterfront in Mombasa. This move is expected to revive tourism in the coastal town.
“For the last six years we have witnessed dwindling tourism in Malindi and many hotels have since closed down. This has led to massive job losses, especially among the youth. The local economy is largely supported by the tourism sector,” he said.
With an aim of developing Kenya’s emerging municipalities into strategic green growth hubs, the Sued programme is currently active in ten municipalities including Eldoret, Iten, Isiolo, Kerugoya, Kisii, Kitui, Lamu, Mandera and Kathwana.