The County Government of Mombasa through the Department of Youth, Gender, Sports and Cultural Affairs is set to establish a state-of-the art pottery village in a bid to promote, preserve and market the cultural heritage of Jomvu community.
County Executive Committee Member for Youth, Gender, Sports and Cultural Affairs Munywoki Kyalo said the facility will consist of sections covering raw materials processing, modelling, manufacturing, curing, practical use of end products as well as its market.
CeC Kyalo made the statement after paying a site visit to the residents of Jomvu Kuu Ward saying the pottery centre will finally be an attraction centre.
Accompanied by the Chief Officer Cultural affairs, Khamis Kurichwa together with Jomvu Sub-county Administrator Dan Abwao, Jomvu Kuu ward administrator Patrick Mwadime, Mikindani ward administrator Gideon Musyoka and Miritini ward administrator Petro Okodo, the team asked the residents to exercise patience.
They said plans are underway to conduct public participation in order to gather views and opinions before hitting the ground for the implementation phase.
The project is expected to uplift the living standards of the residents whose main activities range from pottery, decorations and fishing.
The team also visited one of the oldest churches in East Africa, Jomvu Mission Methodist Church built in 1876, a place where Christian religion and education began.