Taita Taveta will add battlefield tourism to its basket of attractions

WUNDANYI, Kenya, November 1 – Taita Taveta is now ripe for harnessing battlefield tourism with the launch of the World War I (1914-1918) Memorial Museum Leadership & Innovation Institute (WWOMMELII) in Maktau during commemorations of the First World War which will be held on November 26, 2022 according to Governor Andrew Mwadime.

During a meeting in Nairobi with several diplomatic missions from the west, including the UK, Canada and Germany, Governor Mwadime called on countries to partner with the county in several areas, where tourism on battlefields was at the top of the list.

Mwadime has asked diplomatic missions to join him in launching WWOMMELII on November 26 this year, an event that will be preceded by a full week (November 24-27) of activities in Maktau and the county at large. .

“I invite you to be among our guests when we launch WWOMMELII on November 26, 2022 and a week of activities to market our county,” Mwadime said.

The invitation was also extended to all countries that took part in the First World War trying to highlight the contributions of the coastal county in the battle between the British and the Germans for control of the former protectorate of the ‘East Africa.

In acknowledging the Governor’s invitation and participation in the upcoming Maktau First World War commemoration, UK Deputy High Commissioner Lt. Col. Andrew Wood said his country was ready to partner in Taita Taveta in a range of areas and not limited to ecotourism and battlefield. tourism.

The British diplomat added that they were looking to offer training and research support to WWOMMELII as a follow-up to the War Diary Field Course in Colonial East Africa.

“The UK Government is interested in forging partnerships with Taita Taveta County in the areas of research and training at the institute offered as part of the War Diary Field Course in Colonial East Africa. ‘East,” Lt. Col. Andrew Wood said.

Governor Mwadime has been on a charm offensive to woo investors in various fields and has now focused on the county’s huge tourism potential.

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In the WWI history books, Taita Taveta’s Salaita Hills played a crucial role in the battle for East Africa between the Germans and the British. A troop of German soldiers 1,200 strong had set up camp at Salaita Hills and used the terrain to their advantage to attack British troops on March 29, 1915.

With heavy casualties and relentless shelling, British troops managed to repel the German offensive on March 8, 1916, ending an edition of World War I on African soil.

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