State to honour Ronald Ngala with a statue


The government has announced plans to honour Coast political kingpin the Late Ronald Gideon Ngala with a statue.

The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) has already placed a tender advert in the local dailies to procure the services of an artist, who will design the life-size bronze sculpture, which will be a permanent reminder of the achievements and contributions of Ronald Ngala to the nation.

The statue will be erected along Ronald Ngala Street in Nairobi County.

“The sculpture is envisaged as a dynamic statue showing a recognizable likeness to Ronald Ngala and conveying through stance a heroic presence. It is anticipated to be an imposing, powerful and engaging pose of Ronald Ngala with his right hand lifted up,” reads the advert.

However, the move has been criticized by some netizens, who accused the government of misplaced priorities

@gabrieloguda wrote, Here we go again. Just when you thought the government would allocate cash to renovate the Tom Mboya statue that’s been an eyesore for years, they’re instead planning to construct another statue. No one wants to handle small money anymore – the bigger the cow, the fatter the meat

Ngala, was the leader of the Kenya African Democratic Union (KADU) from its creation in 1960 until its dissolution in 1964.

He was among the leaders at the Lancaster House Conference in which the pre-independence Constitution was drafted in the early 1960s.

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After independence, he served as Minister of Cooperatives and Social Services in the President Jomo Kenyatta government.

He died in a road accident on December 12, 1972, aged 49.

Two weeks ago, Kilifi north MP Owen Baya said he will soon engage Ronald Ngala’s family to cede 10 acres of their land in Mtondia to construct an educational complex in honour of Ngala.

A statue would also be placed at the institution.

Kaloleni Member of Parliament Paul Katana has also hinted at a possibility of tarmacking the road leading to Ngala’s Vishakani home in Kaloleni, Giryama.

“I have already toured the road with the relevant government authority and soon the road will be tarmacked in his honour,” said Katana.

The family also has plans to set up a library in his nonour.

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