There was a bit of a panic a few weeks
ago when members of the public raised concern over vandalism of
the Askari Monument in Mwembe Tayari when one of the three cast
bronze plaques went missing.
This was a false alarm as the plaque
was removed by masons from the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission with NMK’s permission.
The panel has been sent to the UK
where it will be expertly renovated together with the other
restoration work to the monument.
David McDonald. Technical Manager at
the CWGC has sent an update about what is happening.
“Some people may recall the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Askari Memorial 3D
scanning project, which began in February 2018.
“During this time we embarked on a
unique and challenging project to digitally record the features
of the African Memorials in Nairobi, Mombasa and Dar Es Salaam.
“The 1st phase has been a
huge success and we have been able to achieve some very high
quality digital records of the memorials.
“Additionally, the 3D models have
allowed our specialists to get to work in producing extremely
accurate replacement pieces which have been damaged or stolen
from the memorial over the years.
“The most obvious example can be seen
from the digital image is the staff on which the Carrier was
The 2nd aspect of our
project will already be visible to members of the public in
“Last week our CWGC Mason travelled
from our office in Nairobi to Mombasa, to temporarily remove the
central WW1 panel.
“Most people will not be aware that
this panel was hand made by the sculptor of the Askari and
Carrier statues, so we have tasked a specialist with restoring
this to its original condition.
“The 3rd and final aspect
of our project will take place in August 2018. Our Project Mason
will return to Mombasa to oversee the complete restoration of
“This will include specialist
conservation stone cleaning, installation of the new replacement
pieces to the statues (Inc. the Carriers staff), and he will
also re-install the newly restored central WW1 panel.
“We hope to complete the project by
installing a new visitor information panel so that passers-by
can read about the history of this historical monuments and its