The government will consider a request by residents of Seme that a 5 Star hotel be built at Kit Mikayi museum site in Kisumu County, as they are ready to avail land for the grand project at a modest compensation.
The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Sports, Culture and Heritage (CS), Rashid Echesa assured the residents that if passed by the cabinet and parliament, his Ministry will move swiftly to seek for funding to make their dream become a reality.
Echesa, who was on a tour of Nyanza and Western Kenya region said he is visiting Kisumu museum, kit Mikayi and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga mausoleum in Bondo, Siaya County to assess their state.
We are here to ensure all our museum sites are properly protected and safe from any form of interference, he explained.
The CS revealed that most museum sites he has already visited lack adequate employees and proper infrastructural development able to attract visitors and earn revenue for the government.
A case in point, he said, is Kit Mikayi museum which he promised to ensure gets spruced up and a perimeter wall is constructed around it.
On whether the management of museums will be reverted to respective County governments, Echesa said the government was in the process of doing so but was waiting for parliament to pass the resolution.
He commended the new board members of Kit Mikayi for having proposed the construction of a 5 star hotel and reassured them that their wish will not be abandoned.
Asked to respond on the ongoing war of words between the Deputy President, William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga the CS said the two leaders were indeed close buddies contrary to what the public may misconstrue.
He said the handshake spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga has worked miracles and so it was incumbent upon the respective party supporters to stop dwelling on trivialities but work together to spur economic growth.
Source: Kenya News Agency