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The much publicised annual festival lived to its billing before thousands of visitors and local residents when the coastal town burst into life, lights and massive celebration of cultures and diversity, which will last ten days, putting to shame recent reports of insecurity on the Kenyan coast.

Overseeing the massive display of splendour was Mombasa governor Hassan Ali Joho, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sahrif Nassir, Jomvu MP Badi Twalib, Mombasa county MP Mishi Mboko and Mombasa CEC for Tourism and Culture Job Tumbo. Close to twenty other MPs from different parts of Kenya and political parties attended the festival which has been designed to showcase Mombasa, unique history, ethnic, religious diversity and to spur investment and revive tourism which has been battered by insecurity and adverse Western travel advisories. Speaking when he officiated at the inauguration of the 2nd edition of the Mombasa International Cultural Festival (MICF) at the Fort Jesus Museums grounds on Friday, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho said