The National Assembly’s Committee on Defence, Intelligence and Foreign Relations led by the Chairperson Hon. Nelson Koech (Belgut) today visited the Uhuru Gardens National Monument and Museum as part of its routine oversight mandate.
During the tour in the company of Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Francis Ogolla, the committee was briefed on the history, roles, organisation, and current operations of the museum.
After the briefing, the delegation paid a visit to the different museum galleries which commenced at the Tunnel of Martyrs, a memorial to Kenyans who lost their lives fighting for the country’s self-rule, their names forever embellishing the sidewalls of the tunnel.
A gallery dubbed the Birth of Kenya showcased the country’s path to modernisation and a military gallery showcases military helicopters, and other hardware, technology and artillery that the KDF has used to secure the country’s borders from external aggression. The galleries also have visuals and audio that can be played for an explained narration of what is on display.
At the military heritage gallery, the delegation was taken through the history of the Kenya Defence Force journey since 1840. They were informed about KDF’s selfless dedication, commitment, courage, and achievements as well as the execution of its mandate towards national development.
They also visited the Birth of Kenya, the Moi Exhibition, the Kibaki Exhibition, Hall of Witness, the Independence Gallery, the Rope Gallery, the struggle for Independence, Turi Station, the tomb of the unknown warrior, the identity gallery and completed the tour at the plaza of the people gallery.
The Museum’s Managing Director, Colonel Oswald Opiyo underscored the importance of the project which has been geared towards the development and construction of a monumental facility in which the country’s history, heroic, artistic and cultural artefacts are well documented and archived.
The Chairperson, Hon. Koech thanked the KDF leadership for their continued support in getting the project done and affirmed his committee’s unwavering support toward the completion of the project noting that deeper collaboration between the two organisations is a critical ingredient for better service to Kenyans.