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Kogelo village listed as Government heritage site

By | February 25th 2009

By Peter Atsiaya

Kogelo, the village where US President Obama’s father was born, has been listed as a Government heritage site.

National Heritage and Culture Minister William ole Ntimama said on Tuesday Kogelo was among six sites in western Kenya earmarked for development this year.

Mr Ntimama said there were plans to develop dormant cultural sites to boost tourism and conserve culture.

The minister, who is also the Narok North MP, identified the other sites as the legendary Nandi leader Koitalel arap Samoei’s mausoleum, Simbi Nyaima, Songhor and Thimlich Ohinga. Ntimama made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by National Heritage PS Jacob ole Miaron during the opening of Kisumu Museum’s third gallery. Ntimama said the Government sponsored the setting up of the gallery at a cost of Sh10 million.

French Ambassador to Kenya Elizabeth Barbier, National Museums of Kenya Director-General Idle Farah, Kisumu Mayor Sam Okello and Kisumu East DC James ole Serian were present.

"The long-term plan is to use the gallery for dialogue and debate centred on exhibitions on culture, history and science of the people living around Lake Victoria," said Ntimama.

He pointed out that western Kenya is endowed with various types of cultural heritage: Cultural landscapes, rock arts and archaeological sites.

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