Deputy President William Ruto with members of the National Steering Committee Kenya @50, and some Cabinet Secretaries after a meeting at his official residence in Karen - November 7, 2013. PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto held a meeting with the private sector in preparation to mark 50 years of the countries independence later in the year.
The Deputy President said the forum with the private sector was meant to ensure the success of the programme.
Speaking after meeting the National Steering Committee Kenya @50 and partners from the private sector in his official residence in Karen, Mr. Ruto said the Government is doing everything possible to ensure the success of the programme.
He said the Government allocated Sh500 million to the Kenya @ 50 kitty and urged the private sector to also contribute.
"This historic event will enable Kenyans reflect on the past, appreciate the present and plan for the future," added Mr. Ruto.
The Deputy President asked the committee and the private sector to fast track the activities ahead of the celebrations. He also urged them t involve Kenyans in the projects.
"We want the participation of every Kenyan in celebrating 50 years of independence so that history can be made out of this memorable event," said the Deputy President.
Safaricom General Manager in charge of Enterprise Business, Ms. Sylvia Mulinge said the private sector will support the Government to make the celebration a success.
"On behalf of the private sector, we are proud to have the opportunity to participate in the preparations ahead of the celebrations to mark 50 years of Kenya’s independence," said Ms. Mulinge.
The chairman of the Media Owners Association Kiprono Kittony thanked the Government for recognizing efforts being made by the private sector in the development of the country.
Mr. Kittony said it is through teamwork that the challenges facing the country can be confronted besides achieving Vision 2030.
"The ball is now in the court of the private sector to work with the Government and other development partners in ensuring the realization of the Vision 2030," said Kittony.
Present were Cabinet Secretaries Hassan Wario (Sports, Culture and Arts), Henry Rotich (Treasury), Raychelle Omamo (Defense) and Davis Chirchir (Energy) and Permanent Secretary Patrick Omutia among other dignitaries.
November 8, 2013 - By Bethwel Kaino/DPPS