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      Governor Alfred Mutua Launches MACHAWOOD

Today I was pleased to launch the Machakos Entertainment Center for Film, Media, Music and the Arts (MACHAWOOD), which we expect will generate over 30,000 jobs and 500 Million Kenya Shillings to Machakos County in the next one year.

The Center’s main mandate is to make Machakos County the premier location for Entertainment in Africa. The Center will promote and attract Filmmakers, Musicians, Artists and Media so as to grow the industry.

The Center will also initiate and co-ordinate both local and international entertainment activities and will feature state of Art, Film and Music Studios.

The new board is made up of the premier entertainment, media and public relations gurus in our county. Their initial task is to set up the center so that it can start its operations. I expect that by December 31st, 2013, the center will have been fully established and functioning.

The Government of Machakos has set aside 50 acres of land in our new Machakos City for the Center. Machawood has also been allocated an initial Kshs. 60 Million this financial year for its start-up operations.

The gazetted board of MACHAWOOD is the following:

1. Peter M. Mutie – Chairperson

A renowned Public Relations guru and the immediate former CEO of Kenya Film Commission. He is also the current President of Public Relations Association in Africa.

Members

2. Daniel Ndambuki “AKA” Churchill

- An entertainment guru in the area of broadcasting, music and comedy.


3. Ms. Kentice Tikolo

The current Chair of Public Relations Society of Kenya and a renown PR guru.


4. Stevens Muendo

The current editor of the entertainment magazine “Pulse” in the Standard newspaper and a major player in the entertainment industry. If he does not know about it, it is not happening.

5. Ms. Angela Ng’ang’a – Mumo

One of the leading lights in Public Relations Management and longtime Corporate Affairs Director at Telkom. She is very highly respected and currently the Corporate Affairs lead for East and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands for Microsoft Corporation.


6. Mr. Kennedy Wambua Ngunze “Ken wa Maria”

One of the leading musicians and entertainment experts in Kenya. Ken has the energy of 20 bulls and has a super creative mind. He is also the Chair of local musicians in Kenya.


7. Ms. Caroline Mutoko

Renowned broadcaster and Manager, Ms. Mutoko is in a class of her own.

8. Katua Nzile

One of Kenya’s leading TV Managers and Producers, Mr. Nzile has shaped the current face of Kenyan Television having being head of TV in basically all TV stations. He is a media Magician.

The acting CEO and Secretary to the Board is

9. Victor Mwalakha Mwenya Muniafu

He is the current Chair of the Kenya Film and TV Professional Association and one of Kenya’s leading producers and entertainment gurus. He has the ability to get anything done – an amazing hallmark.
The appointments take effect immediately.
We expect MACHAWOOD to generate over 30,000 jobs and 500 Million Kenya Shillings to Machakos County in the next one year.

Machakos Governor Press Service
Government of Machakos
15th October, 2013





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