UPDATE Sunday, December 11: President William assured that all Kenyans who will attend Jamhuri Day celebrations at Nyayo Stadium will leave with a fully paid scholarship.
He noted that the scholarships were a partnership between his Government and the University of Arizona.
"Every citizen who will come to Nyayo Stadium tomorrow will go back with a course paid for by the University of Arizona," stated Ruto during Jamhuri Tech and Innovation Summit at KICC on Sunday.
Digital Economy Principal Secretary John Tanui on Wednesday, December 7, announced free technology scholarships for any eligible adult attending the Jamhuri Day celebrations, in person, at the Nyayo Stadium on Monday, December 12.
Speaking during an inspection tour of the Nyayo Stadium, PS Tanui stated that the scholarships would be in line with President William Ruto's agenda of promoting innovation among Kenyans.
According to him, eligible persons stand to earn opportunities to study in reputable institutions such as United States-based Arizona State University.
The scholarship will be part of Arizona’s program targeting 100 million people, 70% of whom are women and girls, to equip them with worldwide quality education through an innovative set of digital on-demand courses.
“Everyone will be assured of a scholarship for a certification course or a course that will enable them to access some of the opportunities available online.
We want to make our country the top talent of the world and the region,” The PS stated.
The celebrations will usher in a new era of themed national day celebrations in line with Ruto's declaration on Tuesday, December 6.
Government Spokesperson's office had earlier in the day called upon all interested Kenyans to participate in the innovation exhibitions at the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC) in Nairobi in the days preceding the Jamhuri Fete.
On his part, Interior PS Raymond Omollo promised to ensure security for all Kenyans and guests planning to attend the celebrations.
He stated that approximately 20,000 guests were expected to attend the Monday, December 12, celebrations. According to him, the guests should be seated in by eight o'clock in the morning.
The PS expressed his satisfaction with the level of preparedness for the second national day celebrations under President Ruto's regime.
“We expect several guests and tech leaders who will be gracing the celebrations. Additionally, the celebrations will have a military component known as trooping of the colours followed by entertainment from several teams from across the country,” he stated.