Buildings in Kenya's coastal city to be painted in uniform colour

Those who fail to comply with the directive have been warned of dire consequences.

This follows the county administration's order directing all buildings be painted white with blue colour - which symbolises the Indian Ocean.

“The buildings should be in white with Egyptian blue border on the edges and windows above without any sign written on the wall or canopy,” reads the notice signed by Transport, Infrastructure and Public Works executive Tawfiq Balala.

The owners have been given 14 days to comply with the preparation of painting and 30 days from start of the directive to complete.

The Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC) Coast branch executive officer, Sam Ikwaye, hailed the plan saying it will be a cheapest way of beautifying the tourism hub.

The directive comes a month after Governor Hassan Joho announced his government's plan to have both the CBD and Old Town painted in a uniform colour.

Old Town largely has historical buildings which attract thousands of local and international tourists and is mostly inhabited by Swahilis and Arabs.

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