The Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Defence Amb Raychelle Omamo in a group photo with the Board Members of the Kenya Space Agency outside the Defence Headquarters, Nairobi, on Tuesday, 11 September 2018.
The Kenya Space Agency Board has now been placed on a new impetus to deliver on its mandate following the appointment and inauguration of the Board of Directors to promote coordinate and regulate space activities in the country.
The Board will be headed by the Kenya Defence Forces’ Major General (Rtd) James Aruasa, who was appointed as the Chairperson of the board by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 20 July 2018.
The composition of the Board includes principal secretaries for State Ministries and Departments, these are; Defence, National Treasury, University Education and Research, Environment and Forestry, Information, Communications and Technology.
Other members of the Board are the Chief of the Defence Forces, the Attorney General and three independent members drawn from academia and private sector.
The Inauguration ceremony was presided over by Defence Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Raychelle Omamo at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters. Amb Omamo challenged the newly appointed Board to work extra hard to ensure that all systems were in place in making Kenya’s dream of joining the space elites a reality.
”Kenya has not fully exploited its potential in the pursuit of space technology and it is upon you to identify personnel and available assets which we can leverage on as we begin this journey.” She said.
The Cabinet Secretary thanked the President for his role and support particularly in signing the Executive Order establishing the Kenya Space Agency and for appointing the chairperson.
The Agency is intended to develop and nurture a vibrant and viable domestic space industry by enhancing coordination of space related activities among government agencies, industry and researchers.
Space activities in Kenya began in 1960s with the establishment of a Satellite Launching and Tracking Base at Malindi, collaboration between Kenya and Italy. Over 20 sounding rockets and 9 satellites have been launched from the facility.
The Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Defence Amb Raychelle Omamo presents instruments to execute mandate to the Chairman of the Kenya Space Agency (KSA) Board Major General (Rtd) James Aruasa at the Defence Headquarters, Nairobi, on Tuesday, 11 September 2018.
The Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Defence Amb Raychelle Omamo gives her keynote address during the inauguration of the Kenya Space Agency Board at the Defence Headquarters, Nairobi, on Tuesday, 11 September 2018.