, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 19 – Security has been beefed up in Mombasa ahead of an international cultural festival that kicks off on Thursday.
Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said they have stepped up security measures to ensure both local and foreign tourists attending the weeklong Mombasa International Cultural Festival are safe.
Marwa said more than 300 police officers drawn from different units have been deployed to the coastal city to ensure everything goes on as planned.
According to Mombasa International Cultural Festival Chairperson Rabia Salim, the event will put Mombasa on the international map not only as a beach holiday destination, but also full of culture and diverse attractions.
“We should expect a lot of family activities, cultural dances, cuisines… there will also be exhibitors showcasing their products. We have invited a lot of stakeholders that include the business community of Mombasa to participate,” she said.
The event is expected to attract about 40,000 people among them locals, international and domestic tourists.
The festival aims to boost the tourism sector, which has been hard hit by insecurity challenges.