Create an Independent Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation in Kenya
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This is a petition to the President of Kenya, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta and the Deputy President, H.E William Ruto, to set up an Independent Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI).
As Kenyan stakeholders of Science, Technology & Innovation (ST&I), we have noted with concern that matters of ST&I do not realize their full attention in Kenya. This is despite it being the cornerstone of social economic transformation of any country, as observed amongst the Asian Tiger states. Kenya needs ST&I for the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union Agenda-2063. Our Kenya vision 2030, states that ST&I is the backbone for its attainment. Therefore, an Independent Ministry that targets ST&I as the key driver for development is necessary.
The current Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) is not able to focus on ST&I issues as its priority is on Education issues. Understandably, the Cabinet Secretary in charge of MoEST is overwhelmed by education matters, and inevitably gives less focus to the ST&I . This has slowed down the implementation of ST&I policies.
Consequently, there is slow economic growth and untapped potential as exemplified by many unemployed ST&I graduates in Kenya. Disillusioned graduates are prone to misappropriating their skills as recently witnessed at Kenya Commercial Bank-Thika, where Graduate Engineers applied their engineering skills to rob the bank. Heightened cyber crimes have also been on the rise as happened at KRA and other institutions
By signing this petition, we earnestly request The Kenyan Presidency to expeditiously set up the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI), without further delay.
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