NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to inaugurate the
country’s seventh world heritage site located in western county
of Migori in mid-April in a bid to boost tourism, officials said
Purity Kiura, director of antiquities,
sites and monuments at National Museums of Kenya said the
official inauguration of Thimlich Ohinga, literally referring to
a "frightening dense forest" in Luo dialect, into a world
heritage site, will boost the attractiveness of the western
region to investors and tourists.
"The inscription of Thimlich Ohinga on world heritage list is
a milestone and has already raised the site’s profile globally.
"The site has gained traction among researchers, lovers of
heritage and tourists," said Kiura.
She said celebrations to mark official listing of Thimlich
Ohinga as Kenya’s seventh world heritage site will be held on
April 18 to coincide with the World Heritage Day.
Thimlich Ohinga, which is a five-century-old stone complex
built by early settlers to protect them from invaders, was put
on world heritage list in July 2018.
The architectural marvel that is located about 360 km west of
Nairobi was declared the country’s seventh world heritage site
for outstanding qualities like preservation of a lost
civilization, architectural prowess and its ability to showcase
better interaction between man and nature.
"We call upon all stakeholders to make sure Thimlich Ohinga
site is protected, promoted and used for local empowerment,"
Kiura said at a briefing in Nairobi ahead of the site’s
Okoth Obado, governor of Migori County said local authorities
have set aside budget to cater for development of critical
infrastructure like roads, power and clean water around Thimlich
Ohinga world heritage site.
Thimlich Ohinga is a complex of stone-built ruins in Migori
county, Western Kenya, in East Africa.
Thimlich Ohinga Pre-Historic site: The gigantically
clustered rock enclosures
will be a real thrill and something to remember forever -