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Daily Nation : February 13th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday February 13, 2014 KWALE | First slavery attraction in the region opened at Shimoni New museum to boost tourism Visits expected to increase as institution will be included in tour packages for tourists BY BOZO JENJE @bjenje email@example.com T he opening of a slavery museum at Shimoni yesterday is expected to boost tourism. The museum is the first of its kind in the region and will be incorporated in a tour circuit with both marine and wildlife safaris. It is housed at the colonial district commissioner’s residence built in 1885 which was however abandoned in the 1980s but restored with a Sh2.5 million assistance from the US Embassy ambassador’s fund. The museum is expected to rekindle the history of slavery in the region. Shimoni senior curator Patrick VIHIGA There is no Berlin office: Akaranga BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga has denied allegations he authorised the opening of an office in Berlin, Germany, by his county government. Mr Akaranga’s spokesman Peter Atsiaya said a letter of appointment of Mr Fanuel Muhandale Kea by the governor had been misrepresented. Mr Kea, who is based in Germany, was last year appointed international and local investment liaison officer for the county government. SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION Director Digital Strategy Innovation and Diaspora Relations Denis Itumbi (centre), Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua (left) and his deputy Joseph Rutto addressing the Press. They signed an agreement between the State House digital team and the governor at the county headquarters yesterday. The partnership will see delivery of free Wi-Fi, among other products. County embraces ICT with Internet hub “Your responsibilities will include meeting investors in Germany and other foreign countries and encouraging them to invest in Vihiga,” said the letter. Last week, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Karanja Kibicho clarified that no county had opened an office abroad. Meanwhile, Mr Akaranga (above) has, in a move intended to mend fences with chiefs, retracted his call for them to quit as “they are no longer relevant”. The county government yesterday called a meeting of the chiefs and new sub-county and ward administrators to find ways of working together. “Who is Akaranga to say chiefs must go? We are here to work together, not to fight each other,” the governor said. BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Students and traders within Na- kuru Town will enjoy free Internet in the next three weeks after Governor Kinuthia Mbugua sanctioned a 10km-reach Internet hub. The governor said traders keen on tapping online business as well as schools, colleges and universities, will benefit immensely as the town positions itself as Kenya’s first ‘Hotspot’. Mr Mbugua made the remarks when he signed an agreement with the State House Digital Team that will see Nakuru benefit from free Wi-Fi delivery, a website, an Android-based mobile application worth Sh200 million. Available Wi-Fi popularly referred to as Near Field Communications will boost the launch of online payments especially run on bank-based platforms with customers using their bank accounts to settle payments in restaurants, supermarkets and at fuel stations. Speaking during the signing cer- emony at the Governor’s chamber, director of Digital Media and Diaspora Communication Denis Itumbi said the partnership would also give a clear avenue for tapping, rewarding and developing the county’s innovations. Mr Itumbi said five major towns would also benefit from the government’s digitalization programme, ahead of the official launch of the laptop programmes in schools. Mr Mbugua said the county’s Five major towns will benefit from the governments digitalization programme” Digital Media and Diaspora Communication boss Denis Itumbi website would also give residents a platform to engage their leaders in various areas thereby improving services and ensuring they fully participate in development decisions. Mr Itumbi added, public participa- tion in government operations was not only a constitutional requirement, but helped enhance democratic space and research opportunities. Abungu said the museum’s space would be used by communities for dialogue and exhibitions on slavery in Africa, East Africa and parts of the Kenyan coast. “Collections of artefacts and paint- ings will be on display within the building for tourists to see and learn more about slavery,” he said. Mr Abungu said the museum would be a one-stop-shop displaying information on slavery from Freetown, Gazi, Rabai and Takaungu. “It is our hope that the commu- nity’s economic power will improve and more tourists will be attracted to the South Coast tourism circuit,” he said. Shimoni Caves chairman Ndalu Mshee said the museum would benefit the community that currently relied on the 10,000 visitors who tour the area annually. “The museum project will boost the revenue of the local community that depends on tourism to educate their children through a community fund,” Mr Mshee said. NAKURU REACTION South Coast tourism circuit “It is our hope that the community’s economic power will improve and more tourists will be attracted to the South Coast tourism circuit.” Shimoni senior curator Patrick Abungu. “The museum project will boost the revenue of the local community that depends on tourism to educate their children through a community fund.” Shimoni Caves chairman Ndalu Mshee. “The famous Shimoni caves on Mombasa’s south coast are a stark reminder of the human trafficking that thrived up to the mid-19th century.” Wasini Women Board Walk chairperson Swabir Shilingi. Wasini Women Board Walk group chairperson Swabir Shilingi said the museum’s presence would market the destination more and increase tours to the coral reefs and mangrove. “The famous Shimoni caves on Mombasa’s south coast are a stark reminder of the human trafficking that thrived up to the mid-19th century,” Ms Shilingi said, adding that history had to be protected to understand the challenges of the past for the betterment of life. Provide insight US deputy ambassador Isiah Par- nell said the slavery museum was a small investment that could attract the 120,000 Americans who visit Kenya annually. Mr Parnell said the museum would provide insight on the root of the people, citing African Americans who are keen to trace their roots. Some, he said, through a partner- ship could be interested in knowing if they could find their roots in East Africa. County News 19 BRIEFLY NYERI Clergy oppose plan to tax church functions Several church leaders yes- terday held a demonstration to oppose various taxes on church functions as proposed in the Nyeri County Finance Bill. Led by Rev James Ndirangu, the clergy said the county government was failing by classifying churches as businesses and even issuing them with licences. Mr Ndirangu said that churches were charitable establishments that make no profit from their congregations. EMBU Parents storm school in push for head’s transfer Learning at a school in Mbeere North sub-county was disrupted for the third-day running, as the parents demanded the transfer of the head teacher over poor results. The parents of Kuui primary have also stopped their children from going to the school since Monday. Area education officer Peter Magiri said the parents locked the head teacher’s and deputy’s offices and the staffroom on Sunday. LAIKIPIA Families on disputed farm allege eviction plan More than 1,000 families liv- ing on the disputed 16,000-acre Kimugandura farm in Laikipia East, claim there is a fresh plan to evict them. The families said a court order preventing their eviction was still in force as they had already appealed an earlier ruling made against them. Their chairman Saituk ole Kaparo said they would resist any attempt to evict them since they had lived on the land for more than four decades. MERU New rural roads project takes off Meru county has started con- structing access roads in rural areas in an ambitious project to stimulate growth. County executive in charge of Roads, Transport and Infrastructure Newton Itobi said the roads will open up economic opportunities. He said each of the 45 wards in the county had been allocated Sh4 million for the project. “New technology means the roads will require little maintenance,” he said. NAKURU Magistrates warned against skipping court Lawyers in Nakuru County have threatened to take stern action against magistrates found to be absconding duty for no reason. Law Society of Kenya- Rift Valley branch chairman Bernard Kipkoech yesterday said lawyers were tired of unexplained absenteeism by magistrates. Mr Kipkoech said that on Monday, five out of the 12 magistrates at the Nakuru Law Courts were absent with only one having an apology.
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