The Vice Chief of Defence Forces (VCDF) Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi has today hosted the Parliamentary Committee on Sports and Culture at the Uhuru Gardens National Monument and Museum (UGNM&M) in Nairobi.
The visit comes after a recent meeting between the Defence Cabinet Secretary Hon Aden Duale and the committee members, where returning of Kenyan artefacts to the country, guided by the 1970 UNESCO Convention was discussed and agreed.
While engaging the parliamentarians, the VCDF highlighted the importance of the museum stating that it was envisioned as the central repository for Kenya’s rich history and culture.
This he said was for the purpose of enhancing knowledge and the prudent use of resources with a historical value for posterity and prosperity.
General Mwangi further noted that the committee’s visit was timely, and expressed KDF’s commitment to work hand in hand with parliament in ensuring that the facility is up and running and open to the public as soon as possible.
The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Sports and Culture Hon. Daniel Wanyama Sitati, relayed gratitude to KDF management for the achievement of the multiagency project since taking over in 2019.
The committee members’ recommendation was that the sixteen (16) galleries domiciled at the museum should be a representative of the Kenyan heritage and the 42 communities living in Kenya.
Present during the visit was the Director UGNM&M Brigadier Osward Oduor Opiyo and officials representing various government agencies involved in setting up the facility.