By MN Reporter
Migori county has allocated Sh7m to upgrade Thim Lich Oinga, a UNESCO world heritage site.
This comes after Migori signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with National museums of Kenya on developing the site.
Migori County CEC Trade Co-Operative and Tourism Sheila Gati Mwita said the amount will help put up a visitors resource centre, electricity connection and sinking a bore hole at the world heritage site.
She said, the plan is to construct a visitor resource centre at Sh 5million, electricity connection at Sh1million and sinking a bore hole at Sh1 million.
A team of delegation from Migori County led by governor Okoth Obado and Mzalendo Kibunjia, Director General National museums of Kenya signed a Memorandum of understanding on the conservation and restoration of heritage site.
“The agreement will help to boost research and development of Thimlich Ohinga World Heritage Site,” Gati said.
“The partnership will see us working together in developing the site as well as identifying and restoring other sites in the region,” she said.
Gati said other sites to be developed include Chinato and Mugabo ancient caves, white sandy beach at Senye, Renchoka hill and Komotobo crying stone amongst others.
Gati said that as a department they has responsibility to ensure that sites are valid to the expectation to attract tourist in the county.
Kelvin Somoire, curator at Thimlich Ohinga World Heritage site said the National Museums of Kenya welcome the partnership with Migori county government.
“This new partnership will see the two entities strengthen their support to conservation and restoration of heritage within Migori County,” Said Mr. Somoire.
Somoire noted that the community living around the sites will be the greatest beneficiaries as the partnership will include community empowerment, infrastructure improvement, electricity and water connection to Thimlich Ohinga world heritage site.
“Construction of a Cultural centre at Thimlich Ohinga World Heritage Site will help nurture and grow talents in the region.” said Somoire.
The signing took place at the National Museums Head Quarter in Nairobi On January 23, 2020 in present of government representatives.