Evans Kidero, the Nairobi governor, said the September 2013 attack was "one of the saddest days in Kenyan history" but touted the re-opening of the mall as a triumph of national resilience in the face of militant attacks.
"They killed... our friends and relatives, but they did not kill our spirit," he
told reporters after touring the building where workmen were slapping on final licks of paint and staff were unfurling promotional banners.
, like many other Kenyan officials, said security has been stepped up and urged Kenyans to continue shopping in malls as the east African nation was open for business.
"Kenya is safer than ever.
If it wasn't, Obama wouldn't be coming," Kidero
added, in reference to U.S.
President Barack Obama's visit to his
father's homeland later this month.