Plans complete for Kenya’s grand day

August 26, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 – The government on Thursday issued the final guidelines for the public ahead of Friday’s historic Constitution promulgation ceremony at Uhuru Park, declaring that Railway golf course grounds would be set aside for public parking.

Nairobi Provincial Commissioner John Ndirangu said giant screens had also been mounted around Uhuru Park to enable those who are locked out of Uhuru park grounds to catch up with the proceedings.

“For those members of the public who may not secure a vantage point, they will be provided with king size television screens so that they can watch the proceedings,” he stated. “Railway golf course ground has also been reserved for parking for members of the public.”
“This is the re-birth of the second republic, something that has not happened before and we want to give and accord it that dignity that the event deserves,” he said.

Mr Ndirangu assured Kenyans of ample security during the ceremony.

“There will be about five entry points to Uhuru Park. And in order to facilitate the troops and dignitaries to access Uhuru Park, there will be a temporary closure of some roads,” he said.

Personnel from the Office of the President, Prime minister\’s office and other government officials were at the park since morning testing sound, security and planning sitting arrangements for guests.

Entertainers were also at the venue doing their final rehearsals to coordinate the entertainment programme.

Director of Police Operations Julius Ndegwa said the park has been under guard for over 24 hours to ensure security in readiness for the celebration and called on those attending the function to be seated by 8am.

“Nobody will be allowed to get into this park before he or she is searched. Decency will be observed and of course we will also have police women conducting the search,” he said.

Chief Justice Evan Gicheru will be the first to take a fresh oath of office and will thereafter swear in President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende.

Ministers, judges and service commanders will be sworn in at State House, Nairobi later on the same day. Members of Parliament were due to take their oaths on Saturday but this was the subject of heated debate in the House on Thursday afternoon, as MPs demanded that they take their affirmations on Friday in accordance with the new law.


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