25 March 2008

Kenya: Super Model Campbell to Build School, Rehab Centre

Nairobi — International super model, Ms Naomi Campbell will establish a drug rehabilitation centre and modelling school in Kenya.

Campbell, who arrived in Malindi on Friday in a private jet, said she was discussing the matter with a prominent person in Nairobi.

She was addressing a news conference on Monday at Lion in the Sun Hotel in Casuarina, Malindi, where she spent the Easter holiday.

Campbell said: "I decided to establish a rehabilitation centre after seeing many productive people get addicted."

She urged foreigners to tour Kenya, saying she had ignored advice against her visit.

"Malindi is a town I always yearn to visit. What happened in Kenya has passed. It is now safe," she said.

The model urged the Government to expand Malindi Airport to receive direct flights from Europe.

She also clarified that billionaire Fabio Biliatora, the hotel's owner, was not her lover.

"I love and trust him like my brother and a business partner. We do not have a love affair as it has been cited by the media," she said.

Meanwhile, hotels in Masai Mara Game Reserve recorded poor business over the Easter holiday.

The Standard established that few foreign and local tourists visited the game reserve.

Game viewing and hot air balloon expeditions were few, and curio dealers complained of poor sales from December.

Masai Mara Curio Dealers Association Chairman, Mr Sam Kiongera, said they were yet to recover from post-election violence.

He said the dealers lost about Sh27 million, and some had closed down.

"We hope things will improve after the signing of peace accord," he said.

Kiongera said heavy rains had rendered roads to the park impassable.

Narok County Council Clerk, Mr Daniel Twala, said the civic body had recorded a drop in revenue collection.

He said the council lost about Sh70million in January and February.

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