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Deputy President William Ruto meets Kenya at 50 National Steering Committee‏

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Deputy President William Ruto meets Kenya @50 National Steering Committee.  

Deputy President William Ruto has asked the National Steering Committee Kenya @50 to involve all Kenyans in the preparations to mark 50 years of independence later in the year.

Mr. Ruto said Kenyans should own the project by being given the opportunity to participate in giving their views, planning and implementation of the programme.

‘This event will be important in the history of this country and that is why we want to involve as many people as possible and ensure it is a success,’ said Mr. Ruto.

Addressing the Steering Committee at his official residence in Karen, Mr. Ruto said both current and former leaders should be involved.

"We need to plan this programme properly by involving all leaders including former Presidents, former Prime Minister and former Vice presidents among others. Kenyans should feel they are part of the programme ahead of the celebrations". said Mr. Ruto.

He said the celebrations will allow Kenyans to assess where they have come from, the country’s history in struggle for independence and also gauge achievements the country has achieved.

The Deputy President told the committee to only implement programs which can be achieved within the economic reality the of the country. He alss warned the committee against wasteful spending.

Cabinet Secretary, Sports, Culture and Arts who is also the chairman of the steering Committee Hassan Wario said measures have been put in place to ensure security during the celebrations.

Mr. Wario said among the activities being carried out include rehabilitation of Mathare Mental Hospital and the pediatric wing at Kenyatta National Hospital.

The programme will also involve a national tree planting campaign and refurbishment of The Uhuru Gardens and Kenya Cultural Centre.

Some private partners have expressed interest in helping in the implementation of the programmes.

November 5, 2013 By Bethwel Kaino/DPPS