His Excellency Honourable Uhuru Kenyatta the President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander–in–Chief of the Defence Forces (C- in -C) on the tuesday, 2 August 2022 commissioned the Kisumu Shipyard and witnessed the floatation of the newly constructed MV Uhuru II at the Kisumu Shipyard Port in Kisumu.
The construction of MV Uhuru II was undertaken by the Kenya Navy in partnership with Damen Company, an international Shipyard Company based in the Netherlands.
In his remarks, C-in-C applauded the teams behind the construction for their dedicated hard work saying the facility will boost both national and regional investment. “The operationalization of this facility will create businesses as well as job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of our people through the growth of primary and auxiliary industries. It shall improve our fishing, tourism, and other economic activities,” said the President.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said this was a momentous occasion to witness the floatation of the first marine vessel that has been constructed in Kenya.
He affirmed that the military is delighted for the confidence the President has placed in the military to participate in critical development projects and tasks that have been achieved very fast and cost-effectively.
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Robert Kibochi thanked the President for the strategic vision leadership and the support he has provided. “With your strategic vision of making Kenya a shipbuilding country, today that dream is visible and if we apply ourselves, we can be able to achieve much more and we thank all the teams that have been involved,” said the CDF.
Cabinet Secretaries Amb. Ukur Yattani (The National Treasury) Amb. Dr. Monicah Juma (Energy), and Hon. Betty Maina (Industrialization) alongside other senior government and military officers were present during the ceremony.