A musician Sacco has commenced construction of a five-storey building at Kenol Town in Murang’a County.
On Tuesday, officials of Talented Musicians and Composers Association (TAMCO) Sacco accompanied by their patron, the Murang’a governor, Mwangi wa Iria oversaw groundbreaking of the project which will sit on a 0.68 acre piece of land.
Once completed, the building will house a music production studio and commercial premises to support the Sacco members generate more revenue.
The interim Chairman of the Sacco, Epha Maina said the building would be of great benefit to member musicians in the near future.
He said since establishment of the Sacco last year, the artists have been able to mobilise funds to acquire the piece of land at Sh8 million.
Kenol is a fast growing town which is the gate way to Mount Kenya region and the investment is expected to generate more income to support the musicians’ welfare.
Maina said they opted to start construction of the building to fulfill the wishes of their former chairman of the Sacco John De Mathew who passed on two weeks ago through a tragic road accident.
“It was the wish of our former Chairman De Mathew and as a way to honour him, we opted to commence construction of the building immediately,” added Maina.
The building is expected to take two years and would cost Sh.80 million which the officials were looking to get loan to implement the project.
Currently, the Sacco has more than 300 members with the officials calling other musicians not only from central region but other parts of the country to join the Sacco.
The Sacco Spokesperson, Ben Githae lauded governor Wa Iria for supporting the musicians, saying through his advice, the artists were able to form the Sacco and invest in land.
“Wa Iria advised us well and we came together and formed the Sacco which is now working to invest in a commercial building,” added Githae, saying that the studio which would be put on ground floor would be of great benefit to upcoming musicians.
Wa Iria encouraged the musicians to remain united so as to get more support from leaders among other well-wishers.
He said President Uhuru Kenyatta has supported the musicians in various ways and the artists should embark on investing in projects which would support them in future.
“This Sacco is not only for musicians from this region but it is open for any artists who wants to join to do so. Having the Sacco, members will get more benefits and support in their old age,” added Wa Iria.
He promised to support the Sacco urging other county governments to give tenders to members of the Sacco so as to uplift the musicians’ lives.
By Bernard Munyao