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FRIENDS OF NAIROBI SOUTH CEMETERY

(Updated November 2009)

 

Notice

GAZETTE NOTICE NO. 10932
THE NATIONAL MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE ACT
(No. 6 of 2006)

DECLARATION OF A PROTECTED AREA

IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by section 25 (1) (c) of the National Museums and Heritage and heritage Act, the Minister of State for National Heritage and Culture, in consultation with the National Museums of Kenya, declares the site specified in the Schedule, which he considers to be of historical interest, to be a protected area within the meaning of the Act.

Any objection to the declaration shall be lodged with the Minister within two (2) months from the date of publication of the notice.

SCHEDULE
NAIROBI SOUTH CEMETERY

All the area known as the Nairobi South Cemetery measuring approximately 0.946 hectare on L.R. No. 209/256 and located along the Uhuru Highway and adjacent to the Railway Golf Course in Nairobi Province.

Dated the 24th September, 2009.

WILLIAM OLE NTIMAMA,
Minister for State for National heritage and Culture.

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Nairobi South Cemetery was laid out and managed in its early years by the Uganda Railway Authority. The earliest recorded burial is that of P C Scott who died in December 1896, before Nairobi existed as a formal town.

Many of those buried here are the people who were the builders of Nairobi, engineers, lawyers, craftsmen and labourers alike, making the cemetery an important historic site.

Lack of maintenance has seen the condition of the cemetery deteriorate rapidly with vandalism taking a toll on many of the headstones.

Without some form of financing to at least carry out basic maintenance things will only get worse.

One possibility is to organise a support group to raise the necessary funds. The cost of regular grass cutting is relatively small and if that can be done successfully then perhaps further work can be carried out to restore the grounds to make them more accessible and even repair some of the damaged stones.

If you are interested in being part of a group to co-ordinate this work or perhaps contribute in some other way please get in touch.

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The following photographs show the cemetery before and after the grass was cut. It is now possible to see all of the graves and during the last visit three previously unseen headstones were recorded.

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Since this page was prepared in early 2007 we have been making steady progress on improving the condition of the cemetery. After a slow start the area was eventually cleared and a regular handyman has been employed for a few days a week to keep the grass cut and and ensure everything is kept tidy.

As repair of the wall along Bunyala Road is beyond our resources kyapple has been planted and is now taking root. In a few years time this should help to maintain a boundary at that end and stop the cemetery being used as a shortcut.

Twice this year Monty has brought workmen to the cemetery for a week at a time and has made remarkable progress in renovating some of the damaged graves. The majority of stone markers have been uncovered helping to identify the location of unmarked graves. This has helped in putting together a preliminary plan of the grounds with most graves now identified.

The following photographs were taken at the end of February and show the improvements that have taken place.

 

This work has been carried out with the help of funds donated by various wellwishers. Unfortunately these funds are limited.

If you value the work being done and can assist in any way please get in touch!