The Kenyan government recently elevated 21 historical sites in the towns of Nairobi, Machakos and the coastal region to national monuments. The elevation comes barely a month after President Barack Obama, who will be visiting Kenya later in the year in July, also designated 3 new national monuments in the USA.
Obama also announced a new initiative to increase the number of children who visit national parks. A majority of the Kenyan monuments are man-made and seem to be aimed towards promoting the increasingly popular battlefield tourism that is already well-established in neighbouring Tanzania.
This now brings the total number of monuments in Kenya to 229. It is not clear what criterion was used to identify the monuments or how the 3 areas were selected but what is clear is that the government of Kenya is committed to preserving a piece of the country’s priceless heritage while also diversifying tourism offerings.
Controversy has surrounded a number of past monuments and hence for the 21, a window period of 60 days from the day the announcement was made has been provided during which you can challenge the list. This will ensure wider participation in arriving at the final list.
Do you agree these 21 historical sites deserve to become National Monuments? Do let us know your thoughts and suggestions. In case you do not know which they are, we have provided the full list below.
Monument Location The African Heritage House Machakos First Old District Commissioner House Taveta Methodist Church Hola Mission Tana River Taveta ACK Graves Taveta Ukasi Rock Kitui Maktau Picket Hill Maktau The German Fortress – Kaloleni Social Hall in Nairobi Nairobi Maktau Railway Station Maktau Salaita Hill Taita-Taveta Taveta ACK Holy Trinity Church Mahoo Voi Commonwealth War Graves Voi Mau Mau Memorial Site Tana River Maktau Indian Commonwealth War Graves Maktau Nzambani Rock Kitui Taveta Indian Commonwealth War Graves Taveta Taveta Indian Military Cemetery Taveta Taveta Commonwealth War Graves Taveta Kino Caves (Kenyatta Caves) Kitui Kariokor Cemetery Nairobi Kaloleni Estate Streetscape Nairobi