Govt Makes Public Appeal for Nairobi's Uhuru Gardens

  • The historical monument at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi.
    The historical monument at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi.
  • The government through the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) has made a public appeal to Kenyans in regards to a new museum that is being built at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi.

    The historical ground, which has been under renovation since June 2020, will be restored to its original condition.

    In a public notice on Monday, March 1, NMK disclosed that it was developing a Museum on heroism and other related facilities and is seeking cultural and historical objects to stock the Uhuru Gardens National Monument.

    A historical monument at Uhuru Gardens.
    A historical monument at Uhuru Gardens.

    "NMK is desirous in acquiring relevant objects/memorabilia by way of donation, a long-term loan or any other suitable arrangement. 

    "Key aspects to be considered include the early history and people of Kenya, colonialisation, independence, military history, national growth and development of Kenya after the 2010 constitution," the government institution stated.

    Institutions and individuals who may be in possession of any materials of cultural and historical significance have been requested to get in touch with the institution before March 19, 2021.

    The materials one can give may include but not limited to photographs/ films, unique literature and writings, newspaper cuttings, maps, infographics, traditional weaponry, instruments of power, traditional musical instruments, trade crafts, traditional attire, court artefacts, original vipande, passbooks and religious artefacts.

    In June 2020, Sports Sports, Culture and Heritage CS Amina Mohammed while inspecting Uhuru Gardens' renovation observed that the structures and monuments in the park had been worn down by natural elements as well as human interference. 

    "The grounds need to be renovated and historical monuments put back to the right shapes. The closure will see the renovation of the sculptures and monuments that have been destroyed. We are also calling for partnerships to renovate these grounds, which are significant in telling the Kenyan story,” she stated.

    The park located along Lang'ata road is Kenya’s largest Memorial Park with its name Uhuru, meaning Freedom in Swahili.

    The gardens, which are expected to be reopened in December 2021, were officially declared a National Monument in 1966 because of their historical importance. 

    Sports CS Amina Mohamed (right) and National Museums of Kenya (NMK) Director-General Mzalendo Kibunja touring Uhuru Gardens on June 12, 2020.
    Sports CS Amina Mohamed (right) and National Museums of Kenya (NMK) Director-General Mzalendo Kibunja touring Uhuru Gardens on June 11, 2020.