Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) Acting Managing Director Mr Sylvance Sange presents the 2014 most innovative medal to the acting PS Mr Keritu Wamae.
The Ministry of Defence today celebrates a milestone in innovation following the award of a patent by the Kenya Industrial Property Institute KIPI for the innovation of a mobile field kitchen – DEFKITCH courtesy of the Research and Development Department. The Ministry of Defence was awarded the patent, trademark registration certificate and The World Intellectual Property Organization medal for the Defence Forces mobile field kitchen (DEFKITCH) today 21 May 2015 at the Defence Headquarters.
Present during the event were Assistant Chief of the Defense Forces Operations Doctrine and Training ACDF OPD &T Major General Robert Kibochi, Commandant Defence Forces Technical College (DEFTEC) Colonel Jonathan Makau, representatives from the tri- services, Kenya Ordnance Factories Corporation and other senior military officers.
Also speaking at the event, the Chief Research and Development at KDF, Brigadier Dennis Kamuri said that the innovation began when the KDF noted a gap in cooking for its troops at the battlefield. He further said that the innovation was in line with the military’s Environmental Soldier Programme which advocates for planting of more trees and promoting the afforestation efforts in the war against global warming.
Following the issuance of the patent by Kenya Industrial Property Institute KIPI, KDF has received the copyrights to the kitchen, and by this also allows the Kenya Ordnance Factories Corporation (KOFC) in Eldoret, to begin commercial sale and mass production of DEFKITCH.
The DEFKITCH uses an environmental friendly diesel burner which not only combats firewood consumption and deforestation, but also reduces the cost of fuel for cooking characterized by efficient use of diesel fuel for cooking. Speaking during the function, Ag PS Kiritu Wamae said that the innovation which is in line with the Kenya Vision 2030 has seen KDF pull together its human resource in initiating several projects aimed at alleviating the environmental degradation challenge. Future plans for the project include a full implementation to use the kitchen to satisfy KDF needs in operational and in the military institutions. DEFKITCH provides an opportunity to institutions that still use firewood to take up the mobile kitchen and steer Kenya towards becoming a middle income country in the short term.
The kitchen has won among other trophies, the best innovation in Public Service awards in June 2012, Best Innovation in Africa out of 97 projects and All Africa Public Sector Awards in Congo Brazzaville in July 2013.
It has also been awarded the Best Innovation in Africa in the category of Innovative Management Awards out of 47 African Association for Pubic Administration and Management (AAPAM) in Zanzibar in November 2012. The AAPAM Gold Medal is the highest honour accorded by AAPAM to outstanding public service where entries are judged by innovation, relevance, significance, sustainability and replication.
Nationally, the field kitchen was voted the best innovation in the Final Products Category at KICC on 25th June 2012 during the Public Service Recognition & Award Scheme (PSR&AS).
The acting Principal Secretary (PS) for Defence Mr Keritu Wamae is shown how the DEFKITCH operates.
Photo of the DEFKITCH
Some of the trophies the mobile kitchen has been awarded since its inception in 2011.
KIPI Managing Director Mr Sylvance Sange presents the trademark certificate to the acting PS Mr Keritu Wamae.