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Evans Kipchumba October 31, 2019

NANDI, NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF KENYA INK PACT GEARED TOWARDS RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION OF NATURAL HERITAGE

The County government of Nandi through the department of Tourism and Social Welfare is committed to restore and conserve the local culture and natural heritage.

It is in this regard that the County Government and the National Museums of Kenya signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at conserving and restoring cultural and natural heritage in the county.

The MoU was signed by Governor Stephen Sang and the Director General National Museum of Kenya, Dr. Mzalendo Kibunja.

The MoU aims at revamping and conserving historical sites and monuments across the county beginning with the Koitaleel Museum in Nandi Hills Sub County.

Speaking after the signing of the MoU Dr. Mzalendo Kibunja expressed the need for locals to exploit opportunities provided by tourism to realize revenue and make Nandi a desired destination.

On his part, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang urged residents to selfishly guard their Environment so as to attain the set goal by ensuring high standards of cleanliness as well as initiate safety and security in their areas.

Governor Sang called on the National Museums of Kenya to return Koitaleel Samoei’s skull and spears currently on display in the British Museum, that were taken during the country’s colonial period.

“These are crucial aspects of our historical and cultural heritage, and every effort must be made to bring them back,” said the governor.

In the agreement, the parties agreed to build up and nurture research and documentation of the heritage through exploration, studies, mapping and profiling activities, and to involve local communities in their heritage conservation and management through community engagement activities.

Other activities are developing a cultural festival for the county specific themes annually, community engagement workshops and identification of youth heritage managers to head the cultural tourism efforts.

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