Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala announced the newest appointees to the Board of Tourism Regulatory Authority on the 7th of August 2020.
One of CS Balala’s appointees was Pauline Njoroge.
Pauline is a vocal political commentator who does not shy away from expressing her opinion. She once posted controversial statements about the Nairobi National Park.
“How much revenue does Nairobi National Park bring to this country? Isn’t there much much more that can be done with it that will add more value?”
According to her, it does not make sense to have such a large national park in a city. Pauline further added that the park has acres of land, which she termed as ‘free land’ yet Nairobi is overpopulated.
Pauline also felt that the only selling point of the national park was because it was within a city. She was quick, however, to acknowledge that the Nairobi Orphanage and the Nature Walk make economic sense.
She was also quick to note how the government had delayed constructing the SGR due to the park.
Kenyans disagree with Pauline Njoroge’s appointment.
Consequently, her appointment sparked outrage among Kenyans, with many questioning the CS. Many wondered why the CS would choose her, yet she expressed such negative views towards the park and tourism.
Netizens took the discussion to Facebook and Twitter, where it trended under the hashtags #paulinenjoroge and #NairobiNationalPark.
The East Africa Safari Guide was quick to question the criteria the government used when selecting Pauline. According to them, her appointment is a disgrace to the wildlife and tourism industry, seeing she does not have a passion for it.
Politician Alinur Mohammed also wondered why Pauline was in the Tourism board.
“The way appointments are done in this country is just interesting! After what Pauline Njoroge had earlier posted about Nairobi National Park, does she deserve to be in that Tourism Board really?” Alinur posted.
You can follow the Twitter trend here.
Here are some reactions.
What criteria did KTB use to choose #PaulineNjoroge as board member. A person who has no Tourism and Wildlife Conservation at heart. Her appointment is a disgrace to the tourism industry. I am #NotJealousy but disappointed. pic.twitter.com/EBCUIvAAKv
— East Africa Safari Guide (@ToursByCharles) August 8, 2020
— @kingflash_ke (@kingfla87646797) August 7, 2020
— quimucara (@quimucara) August 8, 2020