Corporates Kenya

𝐒𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐒 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐒 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐌𝐀𝐊𝐓𝐀𝐁𝐀 𝐊𝐔𝐔 𝐋𝐈𝐁𝐑𝐀𝐑𝐘

The National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Sports and Culture toured the Kenya National Library Services (KNLS) state-of-the-art Maktaba Kuu Building. The delegation was led by Teso South MP. Hon. Mary Emaase. The purpose of the tour was to assess the library’s state-of-the-art facilities and discuss the KNLS’s request for additional funding for renovation, despite the building’s completion in 2020The library comprises various sections and facilities designed to cater to different needs and interests. It features a children’s theatre with a seating capacity of 300, a dedicated area for senior citizens accommodating up to 50 people, four auditoriums with a combined capacity of 1,200 individuals, and the Sanaa Centre gallery, which can hold up to 500 people. These spaces are specifically designed to provide opportunities for local authors and artists to exhibit their work. Additionally, the library has a designated area for individuals with disabilities, offering books and materials in accessible formats such as Braille, audiobooks, and large print. Dr Charles Nzivo, the KNLS CEO, informed the committee that the organization is in the process of implementing a virtual library with a collection of over 15 million publications in collaboration with the Sports, Arts, and Social Development Fund. Dr Nzivo also sought the committee’s assistance in reviving the Kenya National Library bill, which failed to become law during the 12th parliament. He also called on the committee to intervene in a matter where the state department of Sports owed the KNLS rent arrears amounting to Kshs 43 millionImpressed by the state-of-the-art facility, the legislators expressed their commitment to supporting the KNLS bill to ensure the library continues to foster a reading culture in our society. Matungulu MP. Hon. Stephen Mule on his part promised to have the committee step in and bring the Service and the State Department together to resolve their tenancy woes. “We have to bring sanity to this matter. We will bring the two parties together and make sure the State Department pay their dues as they failed to allocate this service sufficient funds.” Said Hon Mule.

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