By Sheila Wanjala &Hildah Sawe
The Mombasa cement Company has removed the famous iconic wildlife sculptures dotted across six key locations within Mombasa following a row with the Mombasa County Government .
The iconic wildlife sculptures donated by Mombasa Cement Company owner Mr Hasmukh Patel were removed from Lebanon , Digo Road, Nyerere, Makupa, Port and Ganjoini areas .
The six areas had previously been used as illegal dumpsites until Mr Patel of The Mombasa Cement Company got into an agreement with the County government of Mombasa under the First Governor Hassan Joho to rehabilitate the sites converting them into beautiful sceneries and tourist attraction sites.
The row between the County Government of Mombasa and Mombasa cement is informed by a directive from the Mombasa County Executive for Health Swabah Ahmed, that directed chief officers of Medical Services and Coast General Hospital not to accept any financial assistance or donations given to any health facility in the county by the said business mogul .
The Mombasa Cement Company has over the years footed hospital and funeral bills for hundreds of the less fortunate patients within the Coastal region.
The iconic Sculptures have since been moved to the neighbouring county of Kilifi.
“We have had discussions with the Kilifi County Government and Governor Gideon Mung’aro is open to the idea of us moving the sculptures there. We are excited about the new partnership,”said the company’s relations officer Mr Imtiaz Sayani.