Ephraim W. Wahome and B. Mugwima (University of Nairobi, Kenya)
Conserving for whom? Sociological impediments in heritage conservation in Kenya
Wahome and Mugwima examine the challenges experienced in the conservation of cultural materials in Kenya since independence and the contribution of communities in the systematic demise of heritage in their custody throughout the country. The talk discusses the potential causes of conflict in heritage conservation in Kenya today with emphasis on public sensitization and poverty. The authors explore existing national legal structures and their effectiveness in deterring deliberate destruction of heritage. The paper also explores the benefits of conservation for the custodians of heritage through an appreciation of the principles of human rights as entrenched in the national Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.