FOR. 62/16/220

TO:         G.N. Gathaara,

                The Chief Conservator of Forests

From:   Daniel M. Mbithi

                Head Biodiversity and Natural Forest Section

Date: 13th April, 2000

APPLICATION FOR A SITE TO BUILD A MUSEUM (GIKUYU AND MUMBI CULTURAL MUSEUM)

I have discussed with Mr. Kamitha, the co-ordinator of the above UNESCO project.

I have found his ideas rather interesting and foresee a situation where he could capture some interesting cultural information of the indigenous Kenyan cultures. This coupled with the development of the proposed museum would develop into a facility for attraction of tourists to the site as well as conserve the culture.

The project has requested to be leased with 200 acres of forest land for 25 years to construct the museum with funding from UNESCO. This would be in line with eco-tourism development objectives in our forest reserves; therefore it should be given similar treatment as the other eco-tourism development projects in the country.

To achieve this, the following steps should be followed:-

  • Inspection of the proposed site,
  • Environmental Impact Assessment to be done at the expense of the project, if found necessary,
  • If the E.I.A report is in favour of the project, then a lease should be issued

We discussed with Mr. Ngunjiri and proposed that a team of officers should visit the site and come up with an inspection report.

The team should be composed of:-

  1. Mr. Charles Kimotori                                      Survey section
  2. Mr. Felix Ngunjiri                                             KEFRI MOU,
  3. Mr D. M. Mbithi                                                Biodiversity and Natural Forest Section

I am of the opinion that this could be done on Thursday 20/4/2000. Mr. Kamitha has agreed to fund the trip to Nyeri and back through the project. It is my request that you approve the journey.

D.M. Mbithi

Head: BIODIVERSITY AND NATURAL FOREST SECTION