Westgate shopping mall open to public

Westgate shopping mall open to public

The Westgate shopping mall is finally open to the public after 22 months of closure following the September 21st 2013 terror attack.

Amid tight security checks, Westgate tenants and shoppers flocked the mall after Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero cut the tape.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett says the re-opening of the shopping complex is a statement to the terrorists that their goal to inflict fear among Kenyans did not succeed.

The shopping mall, considered the largest in East Africa, has been undergoing refurbishment since the deadly terror attack in which 67 people lost their lives, many others were injured and sections of the mall were destroyed.

The reconstruction of the high-end mall is said to have cost about Sh3 billion.

I.R.G., a private Israeli company, has been put in charge of running security in the mall.

Several businesses, both international and local, have booked spaces in the mall.