The Kenya National Theatre has been closed temporarily for the next six months, with the facility expected to reopen in April 2024.
Michael Pundo, KNT’s Chief Executive Officer, urged theatre enthusiasts to utilize other spaces, such as the Cheche Gallery, Ukumbi Mdogo, and Wasanii Corner, for training and performances.
This is after the Ministry of Sport awarded a renovation tender of Ksh 167 Million to a bidder to uplift the facility.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba, who initiated the renovations, witnessed the contract handover to the bid winner on Wednesday, November 15.
Kenya National Theatre Chief Executive Officer, Michael Ondula
Ministry of Youth Affairs,the Arts and Sports
In addition to the closure, CS Ababu further appointed a new board of members consisting of 12 individuals who will oversee the operations of the theatre over the next two years.
During the presentations of the letters of appointment to the new board, the CS clarified that the renovations were necessary to elevate the standards of the facility as it is set to boost the ministry’s quest to identify, nurture, and monetise talents.
“The CS, who was hosted by KNT Board chair Capt. Kungu Muigai, alongside CEO Michael Pundo, said that the renovation will see the theatre transformed into a modern facility that supports multiple talent development and nurturing,” a statement by KNT read.
Kenya National Theatre is the second facility to be closed for repairs in under a week.
On November 14, 2023, CS Ababu launched renovations of the Iten Sports Grounds to raise its standards to a level that will offer the region’s sportsmen & women a platform to continue developing their talents.
Accompanied by the Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen, CS Ababu also promised to redesign and elevate Kamariny Stadium in Elgeyo Marakwet.
Furthermore, he has already commissioned four stadiums, Kasarani, Nyayo, Kipchoge Keino, and Talanta sports stadiums, for renovations ahead of the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Captain Kung’u Muigai, the chairperson of the Kenya Cultural Center Council with Kenya National Theatre CEO Michael Pundo and Sports CS Ababu Namwamba at KNT on Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Kenya National Theatre