November 29, 2010 – The impending face-lift of the Sea front in Lamu has gotten a Sh1 million boost from the Kenya Commercial Bank.
KCB has teamed up with the National Museums of Kenya as part of its corporate social responsibility to preserve the Island’s Sea Front.
“As Kenya’s oldest and largest commercial bank we have an obligation to support the conservation of Kenya’s heritage and culture. Two of our branches; Treasury Square in Mombasa and Kipande House in Nairobi are national monuments under the National Museums of Kenya Act,” said Peter Muthoka, KCB Group Chairman.
He said the bank was also working with the Ministry of Tourism, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) among other organisations.
The Chairman was speaking during the 10th Annual Lamu Cultural Festival Dinner at the Sun Sail Hotel, in Lamu, where he highlighted that KCD had been in that island town for nearly two decades now (since 1993).
“There is a subtle connection between Lamu and KCB as it is along the Indian Ocean coastline that KCB was born in 1895 on the island of Zanzibar, moving later to the island of Mombasa in 1896,” he said.
The Lamu festival came to an end yesterday after three days of festivities, where the newly restored 19th Century Lamu Fort was opened by the US ambassador Michael Ranneberger.