“Proponents of the New Paradigm in Africa have a new milestone to celebrate, with the opening of a new segment of the Mombasa-Kisumu Standard Gauge Rail (SGR) line in Kenya. On October 16, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta led a celebration to open Segment 2A, a 120 kilometer (75 mile) extension from the capital (and current terminus) of Nairobi, to Naivasha, a large town northwest of the capital. Opening of this—admittedly rather short—segment nonetheless brings the SGR project one step closer to its planned destination: Kampala, the capital city of neighboring, landlocked Uganda.”
“Proponents of the New Paradigm in Africa have a new milestone to celebrate, with the opening of a new segment of the Mombasa-Kisumu Standard Gauge Rail (SGR) line in Kenya. On October 16, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta led a celebration to open Segment 2A, a 120 kilometer (75 mile) extension from the capital (and current terminus) of Nairobi, to Naivasha, a large town northwest of the capital. Opening of this—admittedly rather short—segment nonetheless brings the SGR project one step closer to its planned destination: Kampala, the capital city of neighboring, landlocked Uganda.”

The Kenyan government on Thursday made a fresh appeal to citizens conserve and take pride in their heritage.

Amina Mohamed, cabinet secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture told Kenyans to contribute to the conservation of heritage for the current and future generations.

“The heritage when handled well has a role in overcoming the emerging threats such as climate change,” Mohamed said during the opening of the seventh heritage exhibition in Nairobi.

She said that information gathering, packaging and dissemination is the single most important strategy to adopt in ensuring sustainable heritage management.

During the three-day event, the exhibitors from NMK are focusing on heritage and food security, heritage management and bio-security, heritage and climate change and indigenous knowledge for economic development.

Mohamed said that the linkage between research generated knowledge and economic development is important since heritage research has a role in realizing the country’s Vision 2030.

She said that the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) has earned itself an unrivaled reputation as an international center for heritage research, punctuated with many milestones and achievements.

“The scope of research at NMK comprises a diverse array of specialties including Palaeo-anthropology, Cultural, Zoological and Botanical studies,” said Mohamed.

She said the event provides a platform for showcasing Kenya’s natural and cultural heritage with a focus on promoting existing and potential livelihood support systems.

Mzalendo Kibunjia, director-general of NMK noted that under the theme “Heritage Management for Economic Development”, the exhibition fits Kenya’s development priority under the “Big Four” agenda.

The highlight at the expo on heritage management and biosecurity is how to patent knowledge and products, how to test water quality and analysis of bone remains for forensic studies. Enditem

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