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Buildings, encroachment and land grabbing worsening Mombasa Floods

The rains have been pounding Mombasa hard in the last few days. The situation has been compounded by the poor drainage around the town and suburbs which has resulted in flooding and death due to a mudslide. The county government was forced to warn people in some low lying areas of the danger of flash floods. Residents of Bamburi, Kiembeni, ...

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Mombasa County garbage removal trucks an eyesore

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When the current Mombasa County government came into power, one of the promises it rode to power on was to ensure proper garbage collection and disposal. A few months into its term and the government introduced huge trucks parked in strategic places around town where people could place their refuse and the county would dispose of it as it deemed ...

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Shootings in Old Town worries residents

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At around 7.30 P.M on Sunday evening Khalid Ibrahim Khatri was relaxing with friends along Ndia Kuu near Masjid Shikelly like he does on many evenings. Unknown to him, a gunman was planning to end his life at that spot. An unknown gunman opened fire. Khalid’s quick instincts may have saved his life as he was able to fire back immediately ...

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Mombasa residents against intention to buy County inspectorate vehicles

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The recent announcement that the county government of Mombasa would introduce a fleet of 25 new patrol vehicles which will assist in its security strategy seems to have rubbed many the wrong way. There are already a number of police vehicles patrolling the county, which were introduced by the government last year. The new fleet, which will be fitted with ...

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Law compelling Mombasa businesses to display Governor’s portrait causes stir

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There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law#JohoPotrait @Maskani254 — The Maverick (@jshikuku) May 29, 2015 Business owners in Mombasa, have one additional requirement if a new law passed by the county assembly is signed. All businesses will be required to display a portrait of Governor Joho in their business premises. The motion ...

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No youth took up government amnesty offer due to fear of being killed

The Kenyan government offered an amnesty to AlShabab members after the Garissa massacre, in an effort to make radicalized youths to mend their ways and be integrated back into the society. The Interior Secretary Joseph Nkaiserry gave the youth an ultimatum to report at government offices or else face criminal action. As the amnesty period came to an end last week, ...

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The Likoni Ferry crossing is a disaster waiting to happen

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Using the Likoni ferry is an inevitable fact for most people living in the South Coast areas of Likoni, Tiwi, Ukunda, Msambweni and beyond. For Likoni residents,crossing the ferry is a daily affair. In the morning when they go to work, market or school and in the evening when they go home. However, for most this crossing is now filled ...

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Wakali Kwanza gang terrorise Kisauni residents

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They are commonplace, especially on the Bamburi-Kiembeni road. You will see  them clutching papers or torn books and pens, asking for “kitabu” from matatu crews. Kitabu is the extortion fees the matatu crews must pay to the young drug-whipped men in order to operate on the streets. They are members of Wakali Kwanza, a notorious gang that terrorises residents of ...

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Arts in Mombasa need nurturing

Comparisons are often drawn between the capital city Nairobi and Mombasa as far as literary engagements go. When it comes to arts and culture, however, there is need to realise just how Mombasa is becoming increasingly able to hold its own. For a while there were little or no activities in the coastal art scene. If there were any events, ...

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Mombasa urgently needs a second Nyali bridge to ease traffic

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There is a perennial traffic congestion problem at the Nyali Bridge every single day during rush hours. This has only seemed to worsen as days go by. The surge in population growth in the North coast doesn’t look like it is about to ease off any time soon. Both County and National governments are aware of this. In fact, everyone ...

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Mombasa residents weigh in on Likoni cable car project

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Residents of Mombasa and its environs had great reason to cheer when the Kenya Ferry Service announced that it will, in the very near future begin the construction of an express cable car service at the Likoni ferry crossing to link Mombasa Island and the southern mainland. It is expected that besides helping in reducing jams, the project will also ...

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Mombasa County clean up set for the weekend

Mombasa County will be holding its monthly cleanup day on Saturday 2nd May from 8.30 AM at Mama Ngina drive. The exercise will be led by the County Executive Secretary for Water and Environment Hon. Fatma Awale together with a team from the County government. The cleanup will be followed later by a tree planting session at Mombasa’s most popular ...

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Rains pile misery on Kongowea market traders

Kongowea is the largest marketplace in the county of Mombasa where thousands of people from all walks of life make their living from it each passing day. However, the huge market is currently muddy stinky mess that is no way fit to be a marketplace. Initially the market was established for the small population back then but it grew rapidly ...

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Illegal ivory shipment came from Mombasa

Authorities in Thailand have seized a container from Mombasa with 3,000 kilograms of elephant ivory inside a container marked as tea leaves. There were 511 pieces in the container with a street value of over sh500 million in the container destined for Laos which Thai authorities believe is now a hub of illegal ivory trade. From Laos, the Ivory is ...

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