Najma Ismail, Standard Group Journalist will replace Pauline Njoroge who has been removed from her position as a board member of the Tourism Regulatory Authority by Kenya’s Minister of Tourism.
Najma Ismail is currently the Editorial Liaison Manager at Standard Group Limited. She is also the Education Goodwill Ambassador for the Kenya Education Fund since August 2019.
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, in response to public outcry, had learned of her past remarks about the Nairobi National Park and could not associate itself with her thus, the decision to revoke Shireen’s appointment.
“… we have just seen what she tweeted in the past, that Nairobi National Park was useless. We do not want to be associated with such people and such thinking,” CS Balala said.
“The integrity of the park is very important and the government is committed to saving it and any other protected area which is the habitat for our national heritage – wildlife.”
The integrity of Nairobi National Park is very important and the government is committed to save Nairobi National Park and any other protected area which is the habitat for our national heritage; wildlife. pic.twitter.com/70ss28y6RR
— Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife-Kenya (@Min_TourismKE) August 8, 2020
Ms Njoroge was appointed by Tourism CS Najib Balala alongside Kevin Muasya, Alais Lenana Momoi, and Isaac Muchiri Njagu for a tenure of three years effective August 7, 2020.
Ms Njoroge is a Digital Media Strategist and Communication Officer at the NEPAD/APRM Kenya Secretariat under the State Department for Planning.
Njoroge in one of her social posts, wanted the Nairobi National Park abolished terming it unproductive.
“The only selling point of that park is that it’s “The only National park in a capital city in the world” beyond that glamorous title, what else does it offer? The orphanage and the nature walk make economic sense But the park?! It does not make sense that in a congested city like Nairobi we can afford to have acres and acres of land in the name of a park when the is literally bursting at the seems with people… We even have to hold discussions on re-routing the SGR so as to save a park that is economically redundant,” she posted.