Interior Principal Secretary Dr. Raymond Omollo Wednesday led the National Celebrations Committee in inspecting preparedness at Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi County which will host the 59th Jamhuri Day Celebrations on December 12, 2022.
Satisfied with the level of preparedness, Dr. Omollo called on Kenyans to grace the occasion urging everyone to be seated by 8 am.
“We have taken the whole day here walking around the stadium, looking at the rehearsals and listening to the various groups presenting. We have gone through the motions with the team, and we are happy with the preparations and are looking forward to a good event,” he said.
The celebrations whose theme is on Technology and Digital Economy will be the first of many by President William Ruto.
Ruto announced thematic celebrations going forward revealing that this year’s Jamhuri Day will be about Kenya’s growth in the Information, Communication and Technology sectors.
The Ministry of ICT together with other stakeholders (both local and international) have been showcasing innovations in technology and what the government is doing in the digital space.
This culminates to high-level engagements and exhibitions at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) on Saturday and Sunday where global online job opportunities will be available for the youth.
“We expect several guests and tech leaders who will be gracing the celebrations. Additionally, the celebrations will have a military component known as trooping of the colors followed by entertainment from several teams from across the country,” said Omollo.
Omollo said the committee is working with security agencies to ensure the safety of all those who will attend the celebrations.
Additionally, traffic updates will be announced by relevant stakeholders ahead of the celebrations and 20,000 guests are expected to be in attendance.
Principal Secretary of ICT and Digital Economy, Eng. John Tanui announced free technology scholarships for certification courses for any eligible adult attending the 59th Jamhuri Day celebrations in person at the Nyayo Stadium on Monday.
The scholarships will be offered at the various universities partnering with the National Government such as Arizona State University and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
“Everyone will be assured of a scholarship for a certification course or a course that will enable them access some of the opportunities available online. We want to make our country the top talent of the world and the region,” said Tanui.