A five-year-urban development plan to revamp and upgrade Malindi town will be implemented at a cost of Sh7 billion.
Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi said the project to be financed by the British government under the Sustainable Urban Economic Development program (Sued) would be implemented in phases.
The rehabilitation of the Malindi beach front and the construction of a 5.5 kilometre Lawfords – Vasco da Gama – Marine Park road will cost Sh225 million.
Mr. Kingi also announced that the British government had disbursed Sh800 million aid for the construction of a marine city resort in Malindi. The resort city is similar to Mama Ngina Waterfront in Mombasa.
The Sued program aims to support 10 fastest growing municipalities in the country to develop sustainable urban economic plans and attract investment.
Speaking during the unveiling of the plan at the weekend, Kingi said the program would revive tourism in Malindi, which has been an economic powerhouse of the county.
“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.