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Sunday, 27 July 2014

SOAPSTONE DEAL WITH AMERICA THAT HIT WALL



A supremacy contest pitting Kisii county government and the assembly is looming following an expected report on soapstone carving sculpture project which was to be delivered in the US but eventually ended up being stuck in Nairobi.

Speaker of the Kisii county assembly Kerosi Ondieki directed the chairman of culture Albert Oino in whose docket the matter falls, to table the report this week on the progress made so far about the project.

A sculpture of an elephant  carved by artists in Tabaka, the headquarters of the soapstone industry, is said to have cost tens  of millions of  shillings to transport to the US  for the Smithsonian Folklife festivals but it is still  said to be lying in Nairobi.

Oino who represents Chitago/Borabu ward in South Mugirango constituency was given the task after the MCA for Bassi Chache ward Catherine Manzi shocked members when she claimed that the sculpture is lying at the Nairobi Museum because the county and the national government disagreed on the mode of transporting the sculpture.

The MCA later met the chief officer for culture Beatrice Mochama who informed them that they were preparing a report that it can be tabled the same day.