Diary of Kenya s big day

August 26, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 – Friday\’s ceremony to promulgate the new Constitution will kick off at 9am at Uhuru Park grounds in Nairobi.

An official programme released from State House on Thursday said Ministers, Judges, Members of Parliament, Members of the Diplomatic Corp and all service commanders will start arriving at 8.30 am.

The Chief of the General Staff (CGS) General Jeremiah Kianga will arrive at Uhuru Park at 8.40 am shortly before a joint guard of honour is mounted.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, the Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende and Chief Justice Evan Gicheru will arrive at 8.55am.

Visiting Heads of State and Government will start arriving at the venue at 9 am followed by the arrival of President Mwai Kibaki at 9.15 am.

The programme sent to newsrooms shows that the National Anthem will be played immediately after the President’s arrival before he inspects a guard of honour by joint forces of the military, police and other forces.


Prayers by clergies from various religions will follow and thereafter, the actual promulgation will be executed by President Kibaki.
Head of the Public Service Ambassador Francis Muthaura told journalists that during the process, the President will read the document and thereafter sign the instruments of promulgation of the new Constitution.

The President will then affix the official government seal on the instruments of promulgation followed by the national anthem by the military and other forces who will be involved in march-past parades.

General Kianga has indicated no musical instruments will be played by the military during the national anthem but instead they will sing the national anthem in unison.

This will be followed by a 21-gun salute as a Jumbo National Flag is hoisted at Uhuru Park.

Oaths of Allegiance

Chief Justice Evan Gicheru is listed in the programme as the first official to take the oath of allegiance and due execution of office under the New Constitution, before the President.

He will then administer an oath of allegiance and oath of due execution of office, under the new Constitution, to the President.

Others to take similar oaths include Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende.

March-past parades

The march-past parades by detachments of the Kenya Defence Forces, the Kenya Police, the General Service Unit, Administration Police, Kenya Prisons, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, National Youth Service [NYS] and drive-past accompanied by the Armed Forces Bands and Corps of Drums.

There will be a fly-past by formation of the Kenya Air Force jets and 50ACB followed by entertainment.


Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka will make brief remarks after the fly-past before inviting Prime Minister Raila Odinga who will later invite the President to deliver a key note address.

This will be followed by a brief colourful ceremony of releasing doves and balloons.

A National Anthem will be sung before guests leave the venue.


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