Goverment Declares UoN Papal Dais A National Monument

The government has declared the Papal Dais at the University of Nairobi as a national monument.

In a gazette notice Number 40114 of April 30, Sports and Culture Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed said the site was found to have historical value and would be protected.

The dais was used as a podium for Pope Francis’s address to thousands of Christians during his 2015 visit to Kenya.

"In exercise of the powers conferred by section 25 (1) (d) of the National Museums and Heritage Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture, and Heritage declares the building specified in the Schedule, which she considers being of historical interest, to be a monument within the martial; of the Act," said CS Amina.

The building and the surrounding compound measuring approximately one acre situated within UoN sports ground, Kilimani Sub-Location in Nairobi is now protected.

CS Amina told those with any objection to the said declarations to lodge complaints with her office in two months from the publication of the gazette notice.

"Any objection to the declaration shall be lodged with the Cabinet Secretary within 60 days from the publication of this notice," CS Amina directed.