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KES 500M boost for KNT will take it back to glory days

10 December 2013, 13:32

Nairobi - The Kenya National Theatre is set for a major facelift after the Kenya Breweries Limited allocated an estimated KES 500 million (US$ 1.1 million) for its refurbishment.

The exercise is poised to enhance the arts industry locally.

“The first ever refurbishment of this building will turn it hopefully into a modern building worthy of its name and the history that it carries with it,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta during the launching of the project.

Nairobi governor, Evans Kidero, also present at the event, disclosed that the Nairobi County government would relieve the Theatre hall of 96 per cent of the land debt it owed the county government.

“We did agree and I accepted to write off the 96 percent of the amount owed to the county government,” he said.

Kenyatta thanked the Nairobi County for writing off the debt terming the move as a total commitment by the government to promote art in the country.

“I take this opportunity to also thank governor Kidero and his team for waving the rates that have been due,” he said.

Renovation of the 62-year- old theatre seeks to promote art in the country, which would in turn create employment opportunities to millions of unemployed youths in the country. The renovations are set for completion in the next 8 months.

“The theatre will get back its land that was taken by other people so that we can modernize and give young people in Kenya a center for creativity, a centre for discovering their talents,” said the Cabinet Secretary for Sports Art and Culture Hassan Wario.

 – CAJ News

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