By David Kimani
Nakuru, Kenya 30th March, 2016 – Nakuru County’s young thespians and recording artists today have received a major boost after Governor Kinuthia Mbugua officially kicked of the rehabilitation of the Nakuru Players’ Theatre and signed an MoU worth Ksh 15 million with the facilities trustees.
The County Government of Nakuru has been working on modalities of how to give the historical theatre, which was established in 1949 a much desired facelift.
The MoU signed today between the County Government of Nakuru, Trustee and Management Committees of Nakuru Players Theatre will also create a partnership to manage the facility.
Speaking at the theatre during the ceremonies Governor Kinuthia said the County Government is committed in impacting the livelihoods of the youth through initiating projects that directly address their day to day concerns.
‘Our gathering here today at the Nakuru Players Theatre is symbolic of the endeavours of the County Government of Nakuru and its partners to the improvement of socio-economic welfare of the people’, said Governor Mbugua.
He added that the undertaking of this project is informed by the crucial role that art plays in the development of a society. Noting that art is a conduit that packages and sells a culture and is evident from Kenwood, to Niger all the way to Hollywood movies.
‘Besides selling culture, culture expressed in art is a source of livelihood to many actors. I can put my money in a bet that no jobs in the world are well paying than artistic talents. We have seen it overseas and even our nation’, said Governor Mbugua.
In addition to the renovation work, a state of the art recording studio will be built in the theatre and artists from all over the county will record their pieces without any cost. The works being undertaken will also ensure musicians have a platform for live performances.
The Governor also added at a cost of Ksh 100 million, his government will in partnership with local communities and other stakeholders build cultural centres in Rongai and Gilgil.
Prof James Tuitoek, the Chairman of the trustees of this facility lauded the initiative of rehabilitating the theatre by the county government saying it comes at a time when it is very much needed and will go a long way in empowering the youth.
‘We appreciate the efforts of the County Government of Nakuru in taking an interest in Nakuru Players’ Theater. This theatre was started in 1949 for people to show talents but overtime it has changed and majority of the people using this facility are the youth.
Thus, this initiative is addressing the concern of the majority of the population in Nakuru County, the youth who are 77%’, said Tuitoek.
The CeC for Education Francis Mathea commended the youth for keeping the theatre alive even when the facilities were dilapidated assuring them that the refurbished facility will be complete within three months.
Among those that accompanied the Governor include the County Secretary Joseph Motari, CeC for Public Service Management Prof. Catherine Kitetu, MCA for Biashara Ward Hon. Steve Kuria among other county leaders and officials.