Milestone stamps launched ahead of Kenya@50
10 December 2013, 19:06
Nairobi - Postal Corporation of Kenya has launched new postage stamps to commemorate Kenya’s 50 years of independence.
The stamps were launched in a colorful function in Nairobi.
Patrick Omutie, the Principal Secretary for Arts, Sports and Culture officiated at the event that culminate in the launch of 25 different postage stamps of different values and portraying the significant strides that Kenya has made in different fields including socio-economic, political development, cultural heritage and tourism.
In his address, Tiampati said that Posta Kenya has in the past been through difficult economic situations but has of late been doing well.
“Last year’s Posta Kenya’s profit before tax was KES 286 Million, a sign that the parastatal is doing well and has a bright future,” he said.
Omutie, a former Post Kenya employee for 20 years termed the corporation as a reservoir of Kenya’s history in its postage stamps and encouraged the public to look at postage stamps not as just stamps but as symbolic of Kenya’s heritage.
“The Postal Corporation of Kenya has undergone challenges in the last 14 years but has never received subsidy from the government. It recovered and has a bright the future,” he said.
Omutie also reminded Kenyans that as the country marks 50 years of independence his ministry has planned for five days of celebrations starting on Wednesday night with a Governors’ dinner and the hoisting of the Kenyan flag at the highest point of the country-Mount Kenya.
“Athletes are on their way scaling the mountain so as to hoist the flag at midnight on the eve of Jamhuri Day,” he said.
– CAJ News