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State now hands over seven museums to county governments

Thursday, February 8th, 2024 02:19 | By
Natembeya, Culture and Heritage Principal Secretary Ummi Bashir. PHOTO/Print
Natembeya, Culture and Heritage Principal Secretary Ummi Bashir. PHOTO/Print

Counties are edging closer towards getting control of pending devolved functions worth Sh272.2 billion after the National government yesterday handed over museums to be managed by the devolved units.

Speaking during the signing of agreement ceremony where Kitale Library was being handed over to Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya, Culture and Heritage Principal Secretary Ummi Bashir said seven museums across the country will now be under counties.

The museums are in Trans Nzoia, Marsabit, Isiolo, Garissa, Wajir and Narok counties.

“This regime is fully committed to ensure devolution works. We at the State Department of Culture want to lead from the front to ensure that what is supposed to be under counties has been devolved. By June we expect that even resources that go with these museums have been devolved. We will also collaborate on areas of capacity building,” she said.

At the same time, Bashir said that museums, especially those recognised by Unesco will not be devolved.

National monuments

National monuments and heritage sites will also remain under the national government.
Last year, the State Department of Culture and Heritage also developed the library function.

The development was actualised through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and hand over of assets belonging to 33 county governments that benefited from the transferred 61 libraries.

To ensure effective implementation of the function, corresponding financial resources totalling 425 million shillings was earmarked and approved in the 2023 division of revenue Act (DORA,2023) to be transferred to the respective county governments.

Chair Intergovernmental Technical Relations Committee IGRTC Kithinji Kiragu said the ongoing validation exercise is edging towards completion saying that by June this year most functions will now be managed by counties.

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