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Kenyan court suspends governor's order seeking to make Mombasa the most photographed city in Africa

The uniform colour order is aimed at promoting culture, preserve heritage and promote the county as a tourism hub.

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Justice Eric Ogola issued the orders after the County failed to respond to an application made by a disgruntled applicant on July 4.

The applicant, Best Lady Cosmetics shop, wants to be exempted from the order issued by the county government arguing that it will hamper their business potential should it go through their company.

Through lawyer Samuel Kariuki, the cosmetic shop informed the court that they have their own branding color countrywide and the Mombasa shops are not an exception.

Threats

“We have been in business for over 15 years and all the materials in shops traded in pink color which we use in all our branches,” read their application.

Mr Kariuki also expressed concern over possible threats by the county government as those who fail to comply with the directive risk facing dire consequences.

“The impugned notice unjustifiably and unreasonably restricts and limits rights and fundamental freedoms of the petitioner,” added Kariuki.

According to Joho, the decision is also intended to make the tourist hub more photographable.

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