MOMBASA is set to benefit from a stimulus 24- hour economy following a new security plan by the county government.
Governor Hassan Joho has promised to turn the port city into an economic hub within six months by improving security.
Last week, Joho unveiled the first batch of state-of- the art security cars for the police. The vehicles, which have been acquired with the help of Mombasa business community, cost about Sh2.6 million each.
An additional Sh500,000 was used for the acquisition and installation of the security systems. Fourteen more cars are expected in three weeks. This makes Mombasa the first county in the country to unveil metropolitan police cars.
The security systems in the cars use Sim cards and will be internet-dependent. The CCTV cameras in the vehicles can capture clear images of objects as far as 500 meters away.
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo and Joho signed a Memoran- dum of Understanding at the weekend on the care of the new cars. Joho's director of political affairs Idris Abdirahman said four officers will be in each car - one each from the Mombasa county inspectorate, regular police, AP and the CID.
Speaking when he paid the governor a courtesy call at his office, Kimaiyo commended Joho for the initiative and urged business communities in other counties to emulate Mombasa. Kimaiyo promised to ensure security is beefed up in Mombasa to enable the realisation of a 24- hour economy.