SPEECH BY THE NAKURU COUNTY GOVERNOR KINUTHIA MBUGUA (CBS, OGW) DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF AN ICT PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION ON

May 24, 2013
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SPEECH BY THE NAKURU COUNTY GOVERNOR KINUTHIA MBUGUA (CBS, OGW) DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF AN ICT PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION ON 22ND MAY 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Governor Mbugua inspects photos during the exhibition

Governor Mbugua inspects photos during the exhibition

It gives me great pleasure to officiate at this occasion that has great national importance.

The collection of photographs on exhibition here goes back to pre-independence years when the country was engaged in a struggle for independence from the British colonial government.

As such, the photographs have a rich historical and cultural background that can play an important role in defining this nation’s history.

Most of the photographs on display are a rare heritage which cannot be accessed anywhere else except from the ministry of Information’s Library.

The photographs have been collected and documented over the years by the department and are now available in their thousands.

It is worth noting that most of the photographs are unique and have a rich history that is not only valuable to those who have fond memories of this country’s history but also the youth who are interested in knowing more about the country’s historical journey.

This is the fifth national exhibition. Similar events have previously been held in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Nyeri.

It is said that a picture speaks more than a thousand words and therefore the collection we are seeing today has a capacity to recreate our history more than words could ever do.

In view of this, I wish to challenge the department of Information to use the same material to market this county as a popular tourist destination by displaying the various attractive sites available within the county.

Some of those sites include the world famous Lake Nakuru National park, Lakes Elementaita and Naivasha, Longonot Escarpment and Menengai Crater among scores of other tourist attractions within the county.

The rich agricultural heritage of the county and the recently established Menengai Geothermal power station are examples of assets that can also be marketed.

As I was being taken through the various exhibits, I felt a sense of national pride. The photographs depicting the Mau Mau struggle and the sacrifices made by our fore fathers to ensure that we enjoy the freedom we have today, were enormous. Many of them lost their lives while some families were completely disintegrated.

Looking back at those years, the need to maintain peace in this nation came out quite strongly. The freedom fighters were driven by their love for this nation and the present generation has a responsibility to ensure that the freedom that our fore fathers fought for is preserved at all costs.

As such, every Kenyan is duty bound to protect the peace and stability of this nation by upholding the words of our national anthem that preach peace, love and unity.

I am glad that Nakuru has enjoyed relative calm over the past few years and I believe that having discovered the rich history as portrayed in the exhibition, most of us feel more patriotic than we ever did.

It is my hope that Kenyans can identify with the rich history on display here today.

I am aware that the department of information is currently in the process of digitizing its entire photographic stock with a view to preserving the material available for future generations.

This is a noble task that will go a long way in ensuring that future generations can learn about their country.

I am also informed that the photos on display are also available for sale in soft copy. This is an offer that Nakuru residents should take advantage of given that most of the material cannot be accessed anywhere else.

As I conclude, I wish to commend the department of Information for organizing this photo exhibition that has acted as an eye opener to Nakuru residents on the rich heritage that is within this county and the nation at large.

I believe that the exhibition will provide resourceful insights into the history of this nation and can also provide a good material base for researchers and other academic institutions.

I now wish to declare this exhibition officially opened.

                                

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