Najib Balala, a former cabinet secretary for tourism who is currently vice president of the international wildlife conservation organization Fauna and Flora International (FFI), has returned to Yemen, where he was born, after a 17-year absence.
On Sunday, the FFI Vice President posted on social media that he had visited his friends and family in Seiyun and had been welcomed by officials.
He tweeted, "Received by engineer Hisham Al Saeedi, Under Secretary of the Government of Hadhramouth."
Brigadier General Sadiq Bakhit, Clan Chief Sheikh Saleh Mabkhout Balala, D.G of Security brigadier General Abdulla Salmeen Bin Habish, D.G of Tourism Ali Muhammad Al Saggaf, Seiyun International Airport workers, and friends and relatives were present.
Balala was born in Mombasa in 1967, and he has lived there ever since.
He entered politics in 1998 at the age of 30, and served as the Tourism CS for the longest period of time on Kenyan soil. He handed over in 2022 to CS Peninah Malonza.
He was hired as an FFI a week after he left and will utilize this position to help the NGO with upcoming initiatives both locally and internationally by applying his wide expertise of animal conservation and tourism.
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