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Settle Leakey museum row

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Paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey's decision to shift construction of a Sh8.2 billion museum from Turkana to Kajiado has sparked protests from Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok. FILE PHOTOS | NMG

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Summary

  • The plans by paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey to launch an Sh8.2 billion museum should ordinarily be good news, but it has sparked controversy after Turkana County cried foul.
  • The county is not amused by the decision to shift the site of the facility to Loodariak in Kajiado.
  • It is our measured view that the two wrangling parties should have a dialogue to iron out thorny issues related to the project dubbed Ngaren.

The plans by paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey to launch an Sh8.2 billion museum should ordinarily be good news, but it has sparked controversy after Turkana County cried foul.

The county is not amused by the decision to shift the site of the facility to Loodariak in Kajiado.

It is our measured view that the two wrangling parties should have a dialogue to iron out thorny issues related to the project dubbed Ngaren.

On the one hand, Turkana County has every right to be aggrieved given that the artefacts set for display at the museum are largely expected to originate from the northern Kenya region that is usually referred to as the cradle of mankind.

On the other hand, the financiers of the project expect a viable undertaking with a return on the huge investment.

However, the focus should not only be on the location of the facility but also other factors like access, value for money and revenue-sharing prospects.

There is a need to strike a balance and reach an amicable solution, a win-win for all. This should happen without delay.