Nakuru County CEC for Youth, Gender, Culture, Sports and Social Welfare Halima Gababa has requested the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) to open museum sites and monuments to cultural groups, herbalist, visual artists, researchers, youth and women groups to showcase their talent and products.
Ms. Gababa said the move will in turn attract domestic and foreign tourists as well as earn the groups income.
She also requested NMK to allocate a piece of land in Nakuru County for construction of a culture center.
“Culture can be used to unite residents in a cosmopolitan county. A section of this garden can be set aside for a botanic garden where medicinal plants for researchers and future generations can be planted,” she said.
She said it is crucial to encourage community participation in protection of natural heritage and cultural values.
The CEC made the remarks in her office when she met Deputy Director National Museums of Kenya Dr. Purity Kiura.
Dr. Kiura welcomed the proposal and said NMK will work with Nakuru County to have the museum opened to the cultural groups.
She said the institution and the County can come up with a memorandum of understanding on how the cultural groups can be allowed to showcase their talent and products in museums to uphold heritage and cultural values.