Nyandarua County had the honour to host the Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda Her Excellency Alison Chartres who toured the County to visit Kipipiri Home in Githioro ward where her father Mr Chartres worked between 1959 and 1961 as an assistant farm manager.
The Australian High Commissioner who is also the ambassador to Burundi and the ambassador-designate for Somalia and also her countrys permanent representative to UNEP and UN Habitat expressed her delight at visiting the place that is dear to her dad’s heart. Mr Chartres, 82 who lives in Australia has an unpublished memoire titled ‘Kipipiri’.
The High Commissioner toured the Kipipiri Home which is now part of the expansive golf resort that is coming up on the grounds. She called for the preservation of the iconic building where her father lived that was the Kipipiri Home.
Earlier the High Commissioner had paid a courtesy call at the Governor’s office where she was received by Hon Stephen Njoroge ( CEC for Education, culture and Social Services and also the acting County Secretary) and Hon Milka Wanjiru (CEC for Water, Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources) and the Chief of Staff Charles Wachira.
Hon Wanjiru assured the High Commissioner that Nyandarua County Government is keen on reclaiming and preserving the colonial homes as part of our countys heritage. “The County Government has profiled these homes and gathered the available history and is in the process of documenting it for marketing purposes. Most of these homes are in private hands but few of them are owned by the County government and are part of schools facilities or health facilities.” Hon Wanjiru said.
The High Commissioner was accompanied by her husband Robert who is an environment conservator and renowned scholar Professor XN Iraki who is a member of Happy Valley Heritage Trust. Others who accompanied H.E. Allison in the tour included the Chief Officer for Tourism Mary Gathegu among other government officials.