DeputyÂ President William Ruto, on Friday, revealed that he had discovered that a governmentÂ body was planning to build a hotel rather than focusing on their core mandate.
Speaking during the closure of theÂ Kenya National Drama Festival State Concert at Kibabii University in Bungoma County, Ruto wondered whyÂ the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) was venturing into the hospitality sector rather than developing talent.
He noted that such ventures should be taken up by other investors including himself and government bodies should focus on delivering for the country.Â
â€śI recently had a conversation with CA and they told me they wanted to put up a hotel and I wonder how. Hotels can be built by so many people including yours truly. Letâ€™s use the resources we have to develop talent instead,” he stated.
Ruto directed the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) to invest in the creative industry to foster economic growth.
He explained that the government had moved the Kenya Film and Classification Board to the Ministry of ICT to streamline coordination noting that the industry had the potential of creating 600,000 job opportunities if properly harnessed.
â€śWhy are we exporting great opportunities to other countries with the kind of talents we see? Ladies and gentlemen we have to fix this and do so as a matter of agency. The entertainment industry has the potential to employ between 300,000 to 600,000 Kenyans,â€ť he posed.
He further directed the Education CS ProfÂ George MagohaÂ and his ICT counterpart Joe MucheruÂ toÂ formulate a framework for the promotion of local film industry within a month.
â€śWe can create wealth out of the creative economy. But that chance is slipping away because of lack of clarity and confusion on what we need to do.
“The youth play a prominent role in enriching our cultural experience and finding expression in the creative and performing arts, oral literature, folklore to celebrate our culture; diversity and promote cultural tourism,” he added.