Tom Mboya statue taken down for refurbishment

Written By: Irene Muchuma/KNA
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The Nairobi National Museums of Kenya is the custodian of all monuments in the country.

The statue of the late Kenyan trade unionist Tom Mboya has been moved to the Nairobi National Museums of Kenya for refurbishment.

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National Museums of Kenya Designer and Marketer Malaki Samson says the monument erected in honour of the trade unionist is a shadow of its former self following its vandalism including the waterfalls.

He said the contractor who is already on site will complete the Ksh4 million refurbishment project in 20 weeks.

The Nairobi National Museums of Kenya is the custodian of all monuments in the country.

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Meanwhile, the NMK has started the phased re-opening of all museums and monuments across the country after a seven-month shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Sports, Culture and Heritage Principal Secretary Josephetha Mukobe said full re-opening of the heritage sites would be done after the Ministry of Health endorses the same in response to a letter written by her ministry to that of health.

Speaking in Malindi after inspecting heritage sites, among them the Malindi Museum over the weekend, Ms. Mukobe said the National Museums of Kenya would re-open the institutions in strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.

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“Visitors will be required to put on face masks, wash their hands with soap and running water and observe the social distancing rules to reduce risks of spreading the virus at the historical sites,” she said.

Ms. Mukobe, who was assessing the level of preparedness of the historical sites in Malindi Sub County, said her docket was working closely with the Ministry of Health to inspect the facilities.

Sports, Culture and Heritage Principal Secretary Principal Secretary Josephetha Mukobe (C) leaves the office of the Curator at the Malindi Museum.
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“The National Museums of Kenya and by extension the ministry have suffered greatly due to the pandemic as we have not been able to collect any revenue from the museums and other historical sites for the last three months,” she said.

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Mukobe, who was accompanied by NMK Director-General Mzalendo Kibunja, NMK Coast Regional Director Athman Hussein and other top ministry and NMK officials noted that one of the requirements needed to reopen was to discourage people from overcrowding.

Malindi has popular historical sites such as the Malindi Museums, the Vasco Da Gamma’s Pillar, the Portuguese Chapel and Gedi Ruins among others, which have for years attracted thousands of local and international visitors to sample the area’s rich heritage.

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