A public petition to have former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta's name removed from the Mama Ngina Waterfront park has reached the Mombasa county assembly.

The petition was initiated by civil society movements under the banner of "Okoa Mombasa" lobby group.

Okoa Mombasa claims that "Mama Ngina" is in no way representative of the culture and historical identity of the people of Mombasa.

Public petition to remove "Mama Ngina" name from public park reaches Mombasa county assembly
Public petition to remove "Mama Ngina" name from public park reaches Mombasa county assembly

The group has instead proposed "Mekatilili Wa Menza" as the possible new name for the park noting that she was a fearless heroine for the Giriama people who live in the Coastal region.

Public participation

County Assembly Clerk Salim Juma proceeded to announce that there will be a public participation forum on the name change at the Tononoka Social Hall on March 4, 2020.

"The chairperson of the committee on trade, tourism and investment invites members of the public to a public participation exercise on a petition which was presented before the county assembly titled 'renaming of mama Ngina Waterfront'," read the clerk's notice.

The park was refurbished and reopened at a cost of Sh460 million barely a year ago but has managed to be a subject of various controversial court cases.

On October 20th, President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened  the refurbished Mama Ngina Waterfront park. (kassfm)
On October 20th, President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the refurbished Mama Ngina Waterfront park. (kassfm)

In November last year, lobbies went to court seeking to stop Tourism CS Najib Balala from appointing a managing board for the park.

Though CS Balala went on to appoint a board, High Court Judge Patrick Otieno barred the board from taking over operations on November 5, 2019.