For over seventy years the Malindi Pier has served as a historical icon to the people of Malindi and its visitors.
Malindi Pier also locally known as Bunthwani, is a jetty located just north of the Vasco da Gama pillar, alongside the new Malindi Waterfront.
Once built as a dock for foreign vessels since colonial era, tourists and locals have been using it to explore the ocean view, mostly during weekends. Not to forget that it is also used by local fishermen.
The pier has seen a rapid deterioration over the past few years due to the absence of frequent maintenance by relevant ministries.
The guardrails have slowly been rusting as vandals keep stealing the metallic materials to sell as scrap metals to local scrap dealers. The remaining metals are weak and dangerous to lean on.
Locals as well as public figures have raised their concerns to the government to reconstruct the pier, but the government has failed to deliver.
Yunus Aboud Sahe, the Chairman of the Shella Beach Management Unit (BMU), has warned of the danger of the collapsing pier and has urged the government to reconstruct the pier.
“I call upon the county and national governments to immediately construct guardrails along the edges of the jetty, including the end, which is deep inside the sea,” Mr. Sahe said.