THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

KENYA TOURIST BOARD

KENYA RE TOWERS, 8TH FLOOR

P.O.BOX 30630-00100

NAIROBI

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

RE: ANNUAL PRAYER WALK AROUND MOUNT KENYA

Gikuyu and Mumbi cultural Museum was initiated during the World Cultural Decade for development (1988 to 1997), a ten year programme by UNESCO under the guidance of Mr.Javier Perez De Cueller, the then United Nations Secretary General .This programme was launched to document the world cultures that were getting lost to the distant past as we enter the 21st century. UNESCO believes that the 21st century is a century of technology coupled with multi-furious social problems due to rapid   globalization. These problems may be solved or alleviated if member states discover the good of our past cultures to promote unity of mankind and social harmony.

At the end of the cultural decade, UNESCO recognized the potential and significance of this project, upgrading it to major programme II. After 1997a systematic and programmed research has been undertaken on various phases of the complex venture of intellectual and cultural property .Todate UNESCO continues to give institutional support and recognition to this project.

Gikuyu and Mumbi Cultural Museum therefore wishes to bring to you attention the above mentioned prayer walks around Mt. Kenya on the 27th day of December, 2009.This prayer walk is planned for people to seek their relationship with God in reference to the serenity and reverence the Mountain is held by the communities surrounding it, both as a place of worship and a source of their waters.

Indicate a rapid rise to one (1) million fist visits within the first three (3) years .In pilgrimage it has been predicted of a situation where it will become a global phenomenon forcing the government to regulate the entry of pilgrims by either reducing their number or raising the visa fees. Whichever method, the exchequer will have made an extra shilling.

This is a unique economic boost that will sustain Mount Kenya region and her environs enroute. Advisory from the working committee gives all international pilgrims an obligation to spend seven (7) days in the prayer walk. There is therefore the need for the government to adopt the pilgrimage concept of tourism. The pilgrims route starting form the airport upto Mount Kenya will benefit the local population in many ways   with the envisaged enormous trickle down effect.

At the moment Gikuyu and Mumbi Cultural Museum and the National Museum of Kenya have carried out a preliminary study o fan old burial site in Nyeri North District. In observations adduced from the site, stones are laid down in circular patterns and each marked with a central stone beacon. This is a clear testimony the site had other purposes. In a way, it might have been intended to bring celestial attention to mind. The opening of this site will attract attention form intellectuals, students and cultural enthusiasts to Kenya. What is not known at this   stage is whether this burial site is related to the Kings Valley .Excavations are schedule to take place from January 2010.

It is our considered view that the KENYA TOURIST BOARD as the body mandated to market Kenya as a tourist destination of choice, should package the prayer walk around Mount Kenya as an eco-tourism product both to the locals and the international visitors in collaboration with Gikuyu and Mumbi Cultural Museum.

Te prayer walk is to take place in an anticlockwise around the Mountain through the existing roads. For example, those traveling from Nairobi should go through makutano, Embu, Meru, Nanyuki, Karatina and back to Makutano. Those entering from Rift valley and Eastern provinces to go through Karatina, Embu and Meru respectively and back to their point of entry .

In our contemporary time, walking has been taken up by the driving .We have therefore requested the traffic police through the relevant government departments to manage the route.

Blue ribbons are used as the psychic colour for mountain prayers.

Yours Sincerely,

Samuel M. Kamitha

DIRECTOR GENERAL