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Westgate team promises tight security in malls

A committee appointed to oversee the restoration of Westgate Mall says it will recommend measures to shore up security in the city to enhance confidence among the business community.

Chaired by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and made up of government and private sector members, it says its proposals would help restore confidence in malls.

Al-Shabaab attacked the mall on Saturday September 21, leaving a trail of deaths and destruction.

Besides overseeing rebuilding of the mall, the committee will also identify the affected investors and come up with a compensation plan.

“Through this committee, we assure investors that we will propose an integrated recovery mechanism to secure the existing social and economic concerns,” said Dr Kidero.

Deacons CEO Wahome Muchiri is the committee’s vice chairman. Deacons had a store in the mall and suffered serious losses.

Others members from businesses that were affected include Nakumatt’s CEO Atul Shah, Italian Menswear CEO Faiyaz Kurij and ArtCaffe’s Sagi Vakni.

Others  members are Law scholar Kariuki Muigua, the committee’s joint secretary alongside State Counsel Maina Kirori, Principal Secretary Ibrahim Mohamed, a Joint Public Information member Alfred Ng’ang’a  and KCB Group chairman Ngeny Biwott.

“By setting up this strategic process to restore Westgate Shopping Mall on a private-public partnership model, we are loudly confirming the national and county governments’ commitment to enhance our investors’ confidence,” said the governor.