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Multi-million museum set for Mt Kenya

By | Published Thu, December 30th 2010 at 00:00, Updated Thu, December 30th 2010 at 00:00 GMT +3

By Job Weru

A group of culturalists and archeologists are planning to put up a multi-million museum in Mt Kenya.

The museum will house resourceful artifacts and information to be used in educating African communities about their history.

The group, led by the coordinator of Gikuyu and Mumbi Cultural Museum Samuel Kamitha and Ouma Muga said the facility will also house archeological artifacts, most of which were discovered in Mt Kenya.

The duo, who are researchers with Unesco, said Africa was the home of mankind, adding that various historical archeological discoveries in the continent was an indication that there was much about the history of man in Africa than other continents.

"At the same time, the various discoveries on human evolution that have been made in Kenya show that our country, and especially Mt Kenya is a hub and source of human evolution," said Muga.

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Prof Muga who works with the Institute of Cultural Conservation said Mt Kenya had a wealth of archeological artifacts and history of mankind, especially about most African communities, saying most African cultures evolved from the mountain.

Prof Kamitha said: "Our research has led us to discover that the Pharaohs of Egypt used to come to Mt Kenya for pilgrimage and prayers, while most communities used the mountain to trace directions during the historical migrations from the north."

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