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Mudavadi Coliseum to be constructed next month

20 January 2014, 18:08 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The Vihiga County Government in collaboration with partners has set aside KES 300 million to construct a coliseum in honour of the fallen hero and former larger Vihiga constituency MP, Moses Budamba Mudavadi, who was father to Musalia Mudavadi.    

This is in readiness for the 25th anniversary of Mudavadi who passed on in 1989, which is slated for the next month on February 8.   

Addressing journalists at Sosa Hotel in Hamisi on Sunday, the chairperson of the Memorial Anniversary Committee,  Andrew Ligale said that plans were underway to make the ceremony a major event through which the community will benefit in the following years.

“The commemoration will be observed through a week-long of events running from February 1 to 7 within Vihiga County and outside the County. The activities reflect the key concerns that occupied his life and to which he devoted his life as a national leader. Some of the events include educational, cultural, health and environmental activities that will involve the public,” he said.

The coliseum will be constructed next to Mbale High school and named Moses Budamba Mudavadi Cultural Centre, on land bought and given to the Vihiga Cultural Society by the late leader and which the society has donated to the County government.

“The Moses Budamba Mudavadi Cultural Centre is a multipurpose coliseum that will be the largest commercial conference and indoor sports facility in the Western Region with an amphitheatre of a capacity of 3 000, a cultural village and hotel accommodation,” Ligale said.

The area governor, Moses Akaranga had indicated in the past that the cultural centre will also be used to preserve the cultural artifacts of the four sub-tribes (Tiriki, Maragoli, Banyore and Terik) that are found in the County, apart from bringing educational facilities closer to the people.

“The whole of Western Region lacks a proper cultural centre where our people can continuously learn the ways of their ancestors. It is important for us to set up the centre so that the services are brought closer to our people and they can be able to not just observe a single day of celebration of events once in a while,” he said.

He also noted that the Indonesian Government had shown interest in helping set up the coliseum, with former MP Mark Too also pledging to contribute towards the same.     

Among the other activities that have been lined up by the Mudavadi’s Memorial Committee includes a scholarly debate whose theme is ‘Heroism in Kenya: Who defines it?’

Remembrance will kick off with an open day at Moses Mudavadi Mululu Primary School on Saturday February 1, 2014, a school that Mudavadi helped steer into a great centre of excellence to date.

Mudavadi was a close confidante of former president Daniel Moi, and helped to start many development projects in Vihiga, some of which have never been finished by his predecessors.

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