By Tobby Otum
CThe Mama Ngina Drive in Mombasa county which is being regenerated into a
waterfront and cultural district is taking shape ahead of this year’s Mashujaa Day
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has lauded the progress of the work
at the facility which will cost the taxpayer Sh 460 million.
He said the facility is a transformation gift handed over to the coast region residents by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“The place will be a historical site where family and friends will convene and interact with visitors who will throng it,” he pointed out.
Balala said coast residents have the obligation to make the site clean and protect it upon completion.
He spoke after he led his ministry officials in an inspection of the site in Mvita constituency.
The Tourism CS said the facility does not belong to the national or the county government
but to the public as it is a public utility.
He urged members of the public to ensure the facility which is a historic site and a tourist attraction is defended as a peoples project.
“I am optimistic the forthcoming national event which will be in the county will be a celebration of its own class,” he said.
The CS told journalists upon its completion the facility will move the county status to the next level.
Balala said the celebration will be a classic ceremonial event which he added will raise the county’s image to a different level.
He added that he is happy to note that the construction work is on course and within the scheduled time.