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Tharaka Nithi cultural site plans get Sh5m boost

The National Museums of Kenya plans to develop Igaironi cultural site in Tharaka Nithi as a national monument.

The site is believed to be the origin of the Meru, Embu and Tharaka communities before they migrated and settled in their current locations. 

Speaking at Kathwana during the Jamhuri Day celebrations last Friday, National Museum chief scientist Mzalendo Kibunjia said the project had been allocated Sh5 million.

He said the site would have been developed through the Njuri Ncheke because they were the custodians of the shrines, but it was not funded despite many promises.

He said the National Museum would develop all the cultural sites among Kenyan communities in order to preserve them.

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“The same way we were able to get the Kaya sacred shrine among the coastal people to the World Heritage, we are also going to develop Igaironi among the Ameru,” he said.

He said the site would spur tourism in the county and act as a stopover as tourists travel to the Meru National Park via the Ura Gate, which the county plans to reopen.

He added that the plan to tarmac the road that connects the county headquarters with the park’s gate would make it easier to access the site. He expressed optimism the cultural site would boost cohesion among the different sub-tribes of the Meru community.

Tharaka Nithi governor Samuel Ragwa said that his government would help in maintaining all the historical sites within the county in order to preserve the culture of the community.

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