Government allocates over 500m for Fort Jesus renovation

A sea view of the historical Fort Jesus in Old town, Mombasa County. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa; KENYA: The Government has set side over Sh.500 million for the renovation of Mombasa’s Fort Jesus Museum.

Speaking in Mombasa on Wednesday, Sports and Culture CS Hassan Wario said the money will be used to build a sea wall barrier to help prevent water from eroding the fort’s stand.

The CS said the contractor is likely to start the process of erecting the wall at the fort before the end of February to stop the first rising sea water level from eating its stands.

‘’We will probably give out a contract next week so that the process can kick off, the Museum is in a bad state and it’s like to cost approximately 1 billion for it to be fully refurbished,’’ he said.

He further said the Government is planning to install digital revenue collection systems at the fort, to manage tax collections at the Museum which attracts thousands of tourists annually.

‘’Tax collection has been a challenge in most Museums in the country, for accountability the Government is planning to use technology instead of hand collection,’’ Wario added.

Fort Jesus, built in 1591 by the Portuguese has been in danger of collapsing following continuous eroding by the sea water.