Police station set up at Mombasa Show to boost security

Police station./COURTESY

Police will set up a fully functional police station at the ASK showgrounds in Mkomani during the 2023 Mombasa International Show to boost security during the Show week.

Speaking during the second exhibitors meeting at the Mkomani showgrounds in preparation for the 2023 Show, Mombasa County Commissioner Abdirisack Jaldesa said security at the grounds will be beefed up before, during, and even after the show.

“The biggest challenge we will face is traffic because we will have a lot of tuk-tuks, PSVs, and buses heading here for the show. We will be on the ground to ensure that traffic flow is smooth for those coming to the showgrounds and even those who will not be part of the show. We will also ensure there is ample parking,” said Jaldesa.

Police will also be issuing certificates of good conduct at the showgrounds for those interested.

“We are ready and will make sure that everyone is safe; there will be enough ambulances and firetrucks in case of anything,” said the Mombasa County Commissioner.

Nyali OCPD Daniel Mumasaba said they will also set up ‘alcoblow’ checkpoints to ensure drivers do not drink and drive.

This year’s Mombasa International Show will take place from the 6th to the 10th of September.

Preparation for this year’s Agricultural Society of Kenya Show themed ‘Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture and Trade Initiatives for Sustainable Economic Growth‘, is ongoing.

Mombasa ASK Chair Anisa Abdallah said they are expecting more than 250k show visitors this year.

“140 exhibitors have confirmed that they will be present at the Show including a number of healthcare providers who will be providing free health services. Our target for this year is 200 exhibitors and we think that we will hit the target,” said Anisa.

“With the huge number of visitors, we will need more mobile toilets for sanitation purposes. So we are asking for anyone who can partner with us to provide mobile toilets,” she added.

Speaking during the event, ASK Chief Executive Officer Batram Muthoka said they will be using a digital judging app for efficiency and transparency in the judging system.

“Just to look at the new initiatives we have brought on board to add value to our exhibitors; we have talked about smart exhibition centers, we are also bringing on board the new digital judging app, we have talked about how we improve and upgrade our infrastructure just to ensure that we are able to serve the many people that we anticipate,” said the CEO.

Batram said the Society was anticipating coming up with a major convention centre at the showgrounds in Mombasa.