The Outdoor Advertisers Association of Kenya condemned the exercise. The association said the county's move was illegal as it defied a court order barring the pulling down of the billboards.
Assistant secretary Jabess Oduor yesterday told a press conference that about 15 billboards belonging to different advertising companies were brought down. Magnet Ventures, Outlook Media, Picture Perfections, Visions Advertising, ENG, Creative Concepts are some of the advertisers that have been affected.
"The Mombasa county assembly stopped such exercises three months ago. No structure, including kiosks, should be brought down without the assembly's approval," said Oduor, who is also the county representative of Kongowea.
Water and Environment Executive Fatma Awale, under whose docket outdoor advertising falls, declined to comment on the issue when contacted. "Let them say whatever they want to say. We'll respond tomorrow morning. In fact, we will inform you on whether we will give a response. We have no comment at the moment," Awale said on the phone.