The four museums will be used to preserve Mau Mau artefacts.
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The government is planning to build four museums on the upcoming Mau Mau road, which links four central Kenya counties, in honour of independence war veterans.
The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), which is supervising the 540km road project, has written to stakeholders asking them to identify suitable sites for the museums.
KeNHA in partnership with the National Musuems of Kenya and the Gikuyu Council of Elders is expected to erect a museum in each of the four counties where Mau Mau Road passes.
The roads agency has formed committees from the respective counties – Murang’a, Nyeri, Kiambu, and Nyandarua – to conduct public participation about the project.
The committes are expected to identify suitable locations for the museum based on availability of adequate land and status of ownership of the property.
They are also tasked with coming up with appropriate names for the museums taking into consideration names of prominent Mau Mau war veterans from the respective counties.
On completion, the museums will showcase Mau Mau artefacts as part of efforts to enlighten the current and future generations about the independence struggle.
The Sh30bn Mau Mau road, which is set for completion in May next year, starts at Gataka in Limuru, and then traverses through Kamahindu and Kibichoi in Kiambu County before negotiating its way through Kinyona in Kigumo and Ichichi in Kangema, Murang’a County.
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The road then passes through tens of market centres in Murang’a and Nyeri before ending at Njengu in Nyeri County where it joins the Nyeri-Nyahururu road.
The road seeks to honour Mau Mau fighters who used the route as they went in and out of the forest to fight colonialists, according to Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.
“The Mau Mau road traces the routes that were used for transport and logistics by the Mau Mau freedom fighters,” Mr Macharia said during a tour of the project on December 20.
“(The road) will be done in honour of the freedom fighters who made huge sacrifices for the liberation of this country,” he added.
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The 28km road is expected to be ready by Jan 15, 2023.
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