Governor Hassan Joho Introduces Plastic Grass on Mombasa Streets

  • Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho sparked debate among residents of the coastal city after he introduced plastic grass along select city streets.

    The initiative aimed at beautifying the coastal city has seen the county government cover pavements along Nkrumah Road with the artificial turf normally used in sports arenas.

    Some residents seem to favour the idea of plastic grass stating that it looks neater while others oppose the idea in favour of real grass which will not need to be replaced over time.

    Here are some photos of the transformed city.

    [caption caption="Nkrumah Road in Mombasa County beautified with artificial turf"][/caption]

    In a bid to make the city more attractive for tourists, the governor had imposed a colour scheme for all buildings within the city's Central Business District (CBD).

    In a notice, building owners were ordered to paint their buildings a fresh coat of blue and white paint, a move they were strongly opposed to.

    Business owners later moved to court seeking an injunction against the governor's order arguing that the scheme would clash with their brand colours.

    "We have been in business for over 15 years and all the materials in shops traded in pink colour which we use in all our branches.

    "The impugned notice unjustifiably and unreasonably restricts and limits rights and fundamental freedoms of the petitioner," court papers of one complainant read in part.

    High Court Justice Eric Ogola issued interim orders that barred the governor's edict from further implementation until the case is heard and determined.

    Here are more photos of the transformed city.