Earlier today, President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired an extra-ordinary session of Cabinet. The Head of State received the Report on the State of National Security, Nationhood, and territorial integrity.
The Session was held at the Kenya Wildlife Service, Field Training School, Manyani, Taita Taveta County. According to a press release by the Executive Office of the President, the report covered a wide range of issues. It covers national cyber projects, geospatial surveys, and airborne geophysical projects. It also covers the National Integrated Information ManagementSystem (NIIMS) Programme – Huduma Namba initiative. The groundbreaking report also covers the National Security Industrialization Project.
The report also outlines other areas of national security concern and strategic national interest.
House in order
It has been speculated that the President also takes the opportunity to reunite his cabinet. Owing to the differences caused by his deputy, William Ruto, the cabinet has been divided of late. It was noted that the Deputy President also canceled a number of his rallies to Central Kenya in order to attend the President’s retreat.
The President looks to bring all political divides together before launching the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) campaign. In doing so, tomorrow (Saturday), the president is scheduled to host parliamentary leadership from both houses. The event will be held at the statehouse for a session to discuss the yet to be released BBI document.
“This is an old meeting. We had requested for it since some of the leaders have never met the president. It will be a bonding session and the agenda is only known to the president,” National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi said.
Lusaka had also written a letter to the House leadership on October 14: “I have received a request from the president on the need to meet the leadership of the Senate and all committee chairs and their vice-chairs,” he wrote.
Chief Justice David Maraga’s advisory to the president to dissolve Parliament might also be among the topics to be discussed. It becomes more crucial to discuss the matter after Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu moved to appoint a five-judge bench to hear the case.
The Kenyan President has always supported the youth as more than 500 youths have been working on a number of technological projects. The day also makes a mark in history as the President looked to launch a new locally developed map of Kenya in corroboration with the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF). The President was also expected to launch a locally-made Kenyan riffle. Among the most awaited innovations, the President was also expected to launch the first locally-made drone.
The President also noted on the maximization of Kenya’s digital economy to create more jobs and opportunities. He also said that digital platforms offer a more open, transparent and efficient system.
The President also joked ironically on a previously circulated propaganda that his government had hired German companies in a number of tenders. The tenders included a Kenyan developed census system that was applauded world-wide. The ‘Huduma Number’ system was also locally developed by Kenyan youths.
“When we had work done to develop the Huduma Number and create a platform where we could completely digitize service provision to Kenyans, these are the people [the youth] who have done that work,” said the President.
The President also noted that his government was once required to pay 30 Billion Shillings to a foreign company. The money was for a mapping tender but the President decided to use the Kenyan resources by using the youth. The President saved Kenya saved billions of shillings in the said tender.
The Kenyan President has been advocating on Kenyan made products including textiles. The country has also made the first steps towards making its own automobiles. If the country continues on the path set out by the President, Kenya might find herself in a self-sustaining economical atmosphere in a near future.