Mau Mau caves across Nyandarua will be rehabilitated and gazetted for posterity, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has said.
Speaking during Jamhuri Day celebrations at Nyakiambi Primary School grounds in Milangine Sub-County, Governor Kimemia said the County had embarked on an elaborate programme to honour its freedom fighters.
“We have requested that a museum be constructed by the National Government in their honour in the Aberdares,” he said, referring to the dense forest and rolling ranges that were home to the indigenous fighters against the British Empire.
The County Government recently begun enrolling all Mau Mau veterans in Nyandarua aged 80 years under the National Hospital Insurance Fund and cash programme for the elderly.
“It is in this spirit that I recently personally funded surgical procedures for seven freedom fighters who had bullets painfully lodged in their bodies for over 60 years,” he said.
With support from the Kenya Tourism Fund, the County head said his administration will construct a cable car along the Aberdares, a unique ecosystem that holds more elephants than the Mara.
“We will market Kalulu Falls, construct a road along the Aberdares, attract investors to build tourist hotels, construct high altitude training centers, dredge and gazette Lake Ol’Bollosat and include it in the wider Mt. Kenya and Mara tourism circuit,” he said.
Governor Kimemia’s agenda will be boosted by planned roads from Njabini to Murang’a and from Ndunyu-Njeru to Nyeri, both through the Aberdares.
County Executive Committee members presiding over celebrations in Nyandarua’s other five sub-counties reminded residents to come out in large numbers to validate the County Integrated Development Programme (2018-2022) when called upon.
“Public participation for preparation of the plan has already been done and drafting is underway. We shall soon call upon you to confirm if its programs have captured your concerns,” said the County Executive Committee member in charge of Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Mary Mugwanja, at Ndunyu Njeru Stadium, in Kinangop Sub-County.
The message was reiterated by at Mutanga Township in Ndaragwa Sub-County by Hon. Simon Ng’ang’a (Water, Environment, Tourism and Natural Resources), at Rurinja field in South Kinangop Sub-County by Hon. Dominic Ngugi (Youth, Sports and the Arts), at Miharati Stadium in Kipipiri Sub-County by Hon. Lawrence Mukundi (Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development) and at Ol’Jororok Stadium in Ol’Jororok Sub-County by Hon. Mbataru Kariuki (Public Administration and ICT).