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  • The Deputy President tours Pokot County

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    Deputy President William Ruto has a word with a pokot elder at Makutano Stadium in Pokot County. December 28, 2013 / DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto Joins Pokot traditional dancers at Makutano Stadium. December 28, 2013 / DPPS

  • Thanksgiving Service for Bumula MP Boniface Otsula

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    Deputy President William Ruto arrives at Khasoko Mungore Primary School grounds for Bumula MP Boniface Otsula's thanks giving ceremony in Bungoma county. December 28, 2013. Picture by Jacob Munyao/DPPS.

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    Deputy President William Ruto shares a light moment with Bumula MP Boniface Otsula (centre) and former Minister for Justice Eugene Wamalwa.

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    Deputy President William Ruto shares a light moment with Bumula MP Boniface Otsula.

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    The Deputy President joins traditional dancers during the ceremony.

  • Sri Lanka President, Mahinda Rajapaksa visit to Kenyatta Mausoleum

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    Deputy President William Ruto with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa being briefed by the Chief of Defence Forces Julius Karangi when he visited the Mausoleum of the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta at Parliament grounds. December 13, 2013 Photo by Daniel Onyancha/DPPS

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    President Mahinda  Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka lays a wreath at the Mausoleum of the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta at Parliament grounds in Nairobi. December 13, 2013 Photo by Daniel Onyancha/DPPS

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  • Deputy President William Ruto receives a message of goodwill from Japan.

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    Deputy President William Ruto ushers in Japan Special Envoy Katsuyuki Kawai at his office along Harambee Avenue

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    Deputy President William Ruto and Japan Special Envoy Katsuyuki Kawai who represented Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Kenya's 50th Anniversary celebrations. Mr Kawai is presenting a message of goodwill from his country to Mr Ruto. PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

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    Deputy President William Ruto and Japan Special Envoy Katsuyuki Kawai who represented Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Kenya's 50th Anniversary celebrations. Mr Kawai is presenting a message of goodwill from his country to Mr Ruto. PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

     

  • Deputy President William Ruto at the Reception to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Kenya.

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    Deputy President William Ruto and Mr. Wan Exiang, Special envoy of Chinese President launch a commemorative stamp on 50th anniversary of establishment of Kenya - China Diplomatic Relations

    H.E. Wan Exiang, Special Envoy of H.E. President Xi Jinping and Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China,

    H.E. Liu Guangyuan, China’s Ambassador to Kenya,

    Your Excellency Sahle-Work Zewde, Director General United Nations Office Nairobi

    Your Excellency Achim Steiner, Executive Director UNEP

    Excellencies Ambassadors,

    Distinguished Guests,

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    It is noteworthy that China engaged Kenya diplomatically literally hours within our independence 50 years ago. But it is even more significant that the now 50 year-old relationship has been assuredly consistent and predictable.

    Further, it is gratifying to note that China-Kenya ties have expanded and deepened over the years and in the process brought the two Governments and peoples ever closer by the passing day.  

    That China has been a true friend and a friend indeed to Kenya is not in doubt whatsoever. Neither have the fruits of this steady and apparent bond been hidden at all.  

    Yesterday, Kenyans commemorated our Golden Jubilee with much fanfare and a sense of profound fulfillment.  The fulfillment Kenyans celebrated was not without solid reference.  

    The edifices of our development over the years are, without a doubt, well known to the people of Kenya.  In recent days, the most abiding, most visible and most stoic of such developments have had the Chinese signature etched on them.  Such include roads and a host of other physical infrastructure erected by and through the support of China and her people.

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Beyond the culinary delights from China many Kenyans have developed a taste for over the years and beyond the built infrastructure we all associated with China is a whole frontier of cultural engagement that China has developed in our country.  Educational exchange is at the very core of this subtle but nonetheless more potent engagement.

    Notably, the government of China sponsors an impressive 200 young Kenyans for further and specialised studies to various institutions of higher learning across China.

    The Confucius Institutes established at the University of Nairobi and at Kenyatta University make a good starting point for the kind of engagement China and Kenya need to grow their relations.

    I am particularly grateful that the Government of China has recently established a third Confucius Institute at Egerton University to further build the capacity for this ongoing engagement.  These and similar ventures herald a great future in China-Kenya relations.

    This is especially so because when people engage each other they find their level and define a regime of partnership whose multiplicative effects are as boundless as they are rewarding.

    I am also pleased that recently, the Chinese Embassy in Kenya established the Chinese Ambassador Scholarship Award Scheme to help needy students at the University of Nairobi. As we move forward, I kindly request that you extend this programme to other public universities across Kenya.

    It is also gratifying to note that the flow of tourists from China to Kenya is improving day by day. I urge your Government to encourage tourists intent on visiting Kenya to take advantage of our friendly relations to come in their numbers.

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Today we celebrate the milestones of the diplomatic relations between Kenya and China for five decades.  Allow me to suggest that as we start another 50 year journey the relationship between China and Kenya should aspire to move several levels higher in the following two key areas.

    One, sharing of ideas for the improvement of the livelihoods of our people.  China has conquered many odds to climb to the peak of success and global prominence. Most of the steps taken by China to get to the top have been accomplished in just about 30 years.  

    This is a result of the great handiwork of leaders who refused to be herded to strange destinies by external forces and influence. Kenya aspires to move her people forward through several initiatives contained in the Vision 2030, the Jubilee Manifesto and also in a raft of policies and programmes of the current administration. The development model China followed to her prominence makes a lot more sense in our immediate circumstances than other models based on remote realities.

    Two, we need to exchange ideas on how culture can influence work ethics and a national mindset amenable to industrialization.  With the discovery of minerals and other natural resources in Kenya in recent years, our country is ready for an industrial revolution.

    Our people were socialised to consume goods made by others but this world-view cannot entrench an industrial culture. Therefore we need to study and internalise how to make our resources transcend into the industrial sensibility that can expand our economic options. In this regard China will be a worthy teacher and partner.

    In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, I look forward an even greater future of the relations between China and Kenya.  

    Long live Kenya-China friendship!

    Thank you all.

  • Talking Notes Kenya@50 Celebrations at Moi Sports Centre Kasarani

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    1. God has been good to this country, and to each one of us. He has put us in a beautiful home, a great land of possibility where we can witness glorious transformations happening every day.
    2. God gave our founding fathers the strength and courage to resist tyranny and oppression and the vision to achieve freedom and sovereignty for all of us.
    3. We are truly blessed to inherit the work left behind by visionaries, brave heroes and heroines, and to have the opportunity to build on their magnificent achievements.
    4. Today, we pledge that we can, must and will take Kenya to the next level before 50 years are over. We have the strength, we have the ambition and we have the skills to execute ambitious strategies to make the founders of this great nation, and posterity proud.
    5. I request all of us to take stock of our great achievements, and all the opportunities we have had. We should acknowledge those we did not make good use of, and the ones we are about to exploit to make Kenya better.
    6. A few critics say there is little if anything to celebrate at this Golden Jubilee. I want to differ. To say that we have achieved nothing in 50 years is not only untrue, it is also an insulting betrayal of our freedom fighters throughout the decades as well as the farmers, teachers, doctors, traders, public servants and workers who go out every day to make a difference. As long as you know yourself to be useful, you undermine yourself in denying obvious, tangible contributions, victories and achievements.
    7. Let us unite in recognizing, honouring and celebrating our collective achievements. Let them inspire us, and renew our resolve to do better and achieve more.
    8. Let us continue to love our country. It is the basis of our national values and civic virtue. Let us replace discord and strife with harmony and understanding. Let us substitute shouting and quarrelling with consultation and conversation. Let us chase away chaos and division and welcome peace and unity.
    9. Most importantly, let each one of us know that irrespective of their position or role, every little thing we do goes a long way to making Kenya great. So let us work harder with the cheerful expectation of progress. Everyone matters. Everything we do counts. So let’s dedicate our lives to good deeds and honest work.
    10. To those of us born after Independence, I want to say two things: We take our independence for granted, and expect that we will always be free, democratic and sovereign. Let us rejoice in this fact. But let us also remember that there are millions of Kenyans among us who sang ‘God Save the Queen’, who could not travel without their colonial master’s endorsement on their ‘kipande’ , who could not farm, work or learn as they wished.
    11. We must remember that under colonialism there was no vote for the African. Let this impart on us an eternal gratitude for the struggle and achievements of our founding fathers, and an abiding recognition of the value of freedom.
    12. As we perfect our democracy and constitutional order, let the knowledge of a past we never experienced inspire us with the instinctive reflex to seek and defend freedom always. Let us admire, honour and own our beautiful flag, and appreciate with deep passion our National Anthem. Let us internalize, respect and uphold the injunctions of our Constitution.
  • Livestock Insurance roll out in 2014, says Ruto

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    The Deputy President durng the opening of the National Farmers Congress annual general meeting.

    The Government will roll out insurance cover for livestock to cushion farmers against any adversity, the Deputy President has said.

    He said the Government had completed negotiations with insurance companies and the programme will start in early 2014.

    At the same time the Deputy President assured farmers that there is sufficient seed and fertilizer for next year's planting season. A total of 140 tonnes of fertilizer and 48 million seeds is ready for planting next year.

    Mr. Ruto spoke when he opened the National Farmers’ Congress and annual general meeting of the Kenya National Farmers’ Federation (KENAFF) at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)?

    Mr. Ruto said the Government will address all the concerns in the agricultural sector as it had a high potential of enabling the country to grow.

    He said, "All we need is to commercialize agriculture, do value addition in processing our farm produce and institute massive irrigation in arid and semi arid areas to make agriculture more profitable than it is now."

    He said as the mainstay of Kenya’s economy, agriculture is the source of 65 % of the country’s exports, 18% of all employment and 70% of all informal employment in the country.

    “As a Government we therefore intend to transform 90% of the small holder agricultural farms into commercially oriented exporting entities through employment of modern farming,” he added.

    He argued that Kenyans should engage in a debate of how the small unproductive pieces of land could be consolidated so that people can be encouraged to move to markets, towns and urban centres and free land for commercial purposes.

    He said: “I urge you to support this idea because two thirds of agricultural land in the country is half an acre to two acres and this are the areas in which we want to modernize agriculture by giving farmers quality seeds, fertilizer, mechanize farming and give them the best chance to succeed through increased acreage.”

    Mr. Ruto challenged the youth to venture into agriculture saying it was of great concern that the average farmer in the country is 60 years yet we have millions of educated unemployment youth.

    He said young people had better modern knowledge to drive agriculture as a business. “We need them to employ their talent and expertise in running agriculture,”.

    Mr. Ruto had earlier laid a foundation stone for a multimillion KENAFF conference centre and Hotel near Thogoto, Kikuyu.

    Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Felix Koskei also attended the meeting. He said those who want to venture in fishery, a development bank for fishermen will be opened to assist the fishermen.

  • Ground breaking of Greenfield Terminal - JKIA

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    The Deputy President during the ground breaking of Greenfield terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

    Deputy President William Ruto has said the Government’s infrastructure development plans will focus on economic zones.

    The Deputy President said the Government will construct, repair concession of new roads as part of plans to improve the country’s road network.

    "Infrastructure is the single platform that will transform our economy and our focus as Government is infrastructure development targeting economic zones," said the Deputy President.

    Mr Ruto made the remarks when he joined President Uhuru Kenyatta at the groundbreaking of Greenfield terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

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    The Deputy President described the project as historical and ambitious saying the new terminal with a capacity to handle more than 20 million passengers every year will reinforce Kenya's position as the region’s economic hub.

    Mr. Ruto said the expansion of JKIA was important as the airport is critical in propelling economic growth because it is the first point of contact of visitors - tourists or businessmen.

    
He said that the Government will continue to invest in infrastructure to enable easier movement of people, goods and services.

    
"We will continue to invest in the expansion of infrastructure to fast track easier movement of people and goods in the region", he said.

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    At the same time, the Deputy President revealed that plans are underway to modernise rail transport within the city of Nairobi to reduce traffic jam.

    
He said the planned Nairobi rail circuit will transport over three million people annually when fully operational.

    December 3, 2013 Emmanuel Talam / DPPS