Dr Oparanya said designation of the property marked a milestone for Kakamega County and her citizens in guaranteeing the prominence of the county's unique culture and heritage.
He added that the move propels effort to preserve and foster sustainable use of our endowed culture and heritage through tourism.
"Designation of County heritage tourism sites affirms my Government’s strategic and integrated approach towards sustainable development with an aim of improving livelihoods," he added.
The governor said Kakamega County was a popular hub for unique and diverse culture and heritage tourism.
"I encourage local and foreign tourists to take sometime and visit the sites to explore the cultural heritage and sample some of local delicacies. Kakamega is one of the best tourists destination," he added.
The governor thanked the National Museum of Kenya for the support it provided to the county.
"Kakamega County Assembly has also been instrumental in formulating policies to foster heritage development including the enactment of Kakamega County Tourism Act, 2014 and the endorsement of the statements of significance for these five heritage sites I have designated today" said Dr Oparanya
Trade and Tourism CECM Mr Matianyi thanked the governor for the support he gave to their efforts to have the heritage designated.
Deputy Governor H.E Prof Philip Kutima, County Assembly Speaker Hon Buluma, County Secretary, CECMs, Chief Officers, MCAs, County Attorney Madam Vivian Mbaka, His Highness King Nabongo were among leaders present.
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