BY DAVID MUCHUI
Construction of a cultural centre where the traditions of the Ameru will be showcased is in top gear as the Njuri Ncheke elders in Imenti South Sub County have embarked on the first phase of constructing exhibition rooms.
According to Imenti South district Njuri Ncheke Chairman David Gituma, the cultural centre will be located on a 34 acre piece of land at ‘Karima ka Njuri’ in Mitunguu.
He said the cultural facility is an effort by the elders to preserve the precious culture of the Ameru and will include hotel facilities, exhibition rooms, Kimeru homesteads as well as traditional music and arts amphitheatre.
“We were allocated the 34 acre piece of land by the county council and decided to use it to salvage our culture. We expect to spend over sh50 million and the project will be complete in five years. We have already spent about sh2.5 million in constructing the exhibition rooms,” said Gituma.
Speaking at the site during the initiation ceremony of over 20 professionals among them South Imenti MP Kathuri Murungi, the project treasurer Mr Cyprian Kaaria said the project has received support from the government and has been funded by Imenti South CDF.
“We began the construction works two years ago after we got a go ahead from the ministry of culture. We expect to fence the site in the second phase before other facilities are constructed.
Besides preserving our traditions, we will create jobs for the youth and develop the environs,” Kaaria said.
He said all traditional artifacts, homestead setting and way of life will be showcased to visitors at the centre.
Meanwhile Njuri Ncheke Imenti South Secretary general Moses Marete has urge young leaders and professionals to join the council of elders so as to participate in guiding the community.
“We are happy that we have initiated many people including our MP. We urge the learned young people in our community to join us,” he said.
South Imenti MP Kathuri Murungi who is now a Njuri Ncheke elder lauded the initiative saying that his leadership will receive a boost through the counsel of the elders.
I thank the Njuri Ncheke council of elders for giving me an opportunity to join the revered council. It is a group with sound leadership made of professionals and wise men.
I now have people who I can turn to for counsel on leadership issues. I urge other young leaders to join Njuri Ncheke so that we speak with one voice,” Kathuri said.
Of late, Njuri Ncheke Council has been recruiting professionals from Meru and Tharaka Nithi Counties so as to keep in pace with issues affecting the current society.