A Kisii Member of County Assembly (MCA) aspirant, has vowed to revive historical sites in Ibeno Ward in Kisii County in a bid to make the Ward a tourist destination and boost economic growth in the region.
Speaking to the press in Nyakwana village, MCA aspirant under United Progressive Alliance Party, Steve Arika, stated that it was key to revive the sites that will bring development through culture and heritage.
“We are blessed with various sites that are attractive to tourists such as Gesere and Imeria hills. There is a dancing soil, and a historical stone, locally known as ‘Rigena Rianyageturengia’, where elders used to sit and deliberate on things that benefited the Omogusii region,” added Arika.
Arika said that he will construct a building containing all historical equipment that is associated with the Omogusii history, noting that there is no such place in Kisii and Nyamira counties at the moment.
He noted that he has plans to have a dancing crew who will be wearing traditional clothes known as ‘Chingoba’ to entertain tourists who will visit the county, saying it will be of economic value to the region and residents.
“We have traditional mills made of special stones that are rotated by water at our big river where our ancestors used to grind cereals like maize and millet. Needy people can have their cereals ground there for free. We have divers who will be entertaining the tourists,” he said.
Arika also added that he will designate a place where residents will plant indigenous fruits and vegetables that the Omogusii elders used to eat, saying local and international tourists will be eating them as they tour the historical sites.
Humphrey Sorabi, a resident of Nyakwana village stated that the waterfall in their area has no value, saying there is a need to install machines that can generate electricity and also be a tourist destination.
“I urge the national government through the Ministry of Tourism to visit the place and improve it so that it can generate some income for the government and the local community,” appealed Sorabi.
Clinton Nyamweya from the same locality noted that the traditional mill helped the community in grinding cereals using water and asked the government help to provide resources that will operationalise it and also be a tourist site.