Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho did not have to wait for President Uhuru Kenyatta to authorise the resumption of concerts to hold one on Sunday, September 27, 2020.
The relaunch of the Mama Ngina Waterfront Park coincided with the World Tourism Day and was attended by Kenyans in their thousands.
The event was preceded by a cycling challenge that saw the closure of many roads in the city.
Some of the artists who were scheduled to perform at the event include Otile Brown, Masauti, King Kaka and Khaligraph Jones who has been very vocal about the resumption of concerts.
The attendance signalled how much Kenyans had missed outdoor events as they were treated to a snippet of Joho performing his favourite song Katerina.
We will continue to support the tourism industry as we cautiously open up the economy while also implementing policies meant to cushion Mombasa businesses from the devastating effects of #COVID19 pandemic. #TukutaneMombasa #WorldTourismDay2020
— Governor Hassan Joho (@HassanAliJoho) September 27, 2020
President Uhuru Kenyatta recently made a surprise tour of the 26-acre park which overlooks the Kilindini Channel with a sitting capacity of 3,000.
At a cost of Ksh 400 million the grounds were transformed into an integrated urban tourist attraction site.
The refurbishment included landscaping and paving the waterfront with concrete blocks, construction of an amphitheatre, the Kilindini Cultural Centre, ablution blocks and two main gates.
The waterfront now features a palm tree-lined walkway from the Likoni Ferry Crossing to its south through to the Mombasa Golf Club to the north.
These two points are the entry and exit points for both ways, and are now marked by huge monumental gates.
The waterfront park also has a sun-drenched 2.1km long promenade and a space for food vendors.
The sitting area now a properly built amphitheatre, has more greenery with newly planted palm trees and grass where visitors can while away time.