TO RAISE REVENUE

Kiambu maps cultural and heritage sites for rehabilitation

Governor Nyoro says they are preserving historical sites for future generations

In Summary

• Kiambu Governor James Nyoro told the Star that the sites will help raise revenue.

• He said they are creating awareness among community members on the importance of cultural and heritage sites.

Officials of education, gender, culture and social services department of the Kiambu county government outside Church of the Torch in Thogoto, Kikuyu. The chapel was gazzetted as a National Monument in 2008 by the Museums of Kenya.
PRESERVING HISTORY: Officials of education, gender, culture and social services department of the Kiambu county government outside Church of the Torch in Thogoto, Kikuyu. The chapel was gazzetted as a National Monument in 2008 by the Museums of Kenya.
Image: STANLEY NJENGA

The Kiambu county government and the National Museums of Kenya have started mapping out cultural and heritage sites for rehabilitation.

Kiambu Governor James Nyoro told the Star that the sites will help raise revenue.

He said they are creating awareness among community members on the importance of cultural and heritage sites. "We are also informing cultural practitioners that the sites are being mapped out for gazettement,” Nyoro said.

Nyoro said educating the community on conservation and management of the sites will not only help raise revenue, but also preserve history for future generations.

The sites in Kiambu county include the Church of the Torch, Mensa, Watson Scott Memorial, Ngecha Art Centre, Paradise Lost Sanctuary and Mau Mau caves.

The others are Banana Hill Art Gallery, Ondiri Swamp, Fort Smith, Old Italian Church, Italian Prisoners of War pillars, Mugumo Gardens, Manguo Swamp, Mwanya wa Ruhuho, Aramati Thingira centre and Ngegu cow horns community programme. 

County Gender and Culture director Mary Kirobi said the county government is working closely with the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) to establish a library in the devolved unit so residents can access information on different cultures or do research.

She said they will name some roads in honour of some heroes and heroines from the county.

Kirobi said the department is looking forward to taking registered cultural groups from the county to showcase talent and display artifacts abroad.

 

Church of the torch situated in Thogoto, Kikuyu, kiambu county. Built between 1928 and 1933 by Scottish architect Bernard P Gaymer meant to bring light to the continent.
Historical site Church of the torch situated in Thogoto, Kikuyu, kiambu county. Built between 1928 and 1933 by Scottish architect Bernard P Gaymer meant to bring light to the continent.
Image: STANLEY NJENGA