Mashujaa Day to be celebrated in Machakos, the President announces

June 1, 2016 3:55 pm
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June 1 commemorates the day Kenya attained internal self-rule preceding full independence from the United Kingdom on December 12, 1963./PSCU
June 1 commemorates the day Kenya attained internal self-rule preceding full independence from the United Kingdom on December 12, 1963./PSCU

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 1 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that the upcoming Mashujaa day celebrations will be held in Machakos County.

Speaking during the Madaraka day celebrations at Afraha stadium in Nakuru on Wednesday, President Kenyatta said the decision to hold two of the three national holidays outside Narobi was taken in cognisance of the resolution, made by the creation of devolved governments, that Nairobi would no longer be the sole centre of power.

“Today is a historic day as it is the first day, since we attained independence, that we have been able to hold such a celebration outside Nairobi County. As we agreed, out of our three National days, we will be celebrating two of them in different counties,” he stated.

A few minutes after arriving at Afraha Stadium, the Head of State inspected a guard of honor following which, the troops displayed their marching prowess.

Deputy President William Ruto echoed President Kenyatta’s sentiments describing the decision to hold the national Madaraka Day celebrations outside Nairobi as a major achievement.

Speaking at the Afraha Stadium where a large number of people had gathered for the fete, the Deputy President sad the decision showed the national government’s support of devolution.

“The new constitution fundamentally changes the way we transact the business of Kenya. Mr President, history has been as kind to you as it was to your father as you became the person to implement the Constitution that is going to set up the second Kenyan republic. I want to say here that no other President would have been as faithful as you have been,” he said.

In December last year, President Kenyatta announced that two of the three national holidays will be hosted by counties other than Nairobi, on a rotational basis.

The three national holidays are Madaraka Day, Mashujaa Day in October and Jamhuri Day in December.

June 1 commemorates the day Kenya attained internal self-rule preceding full independence from the United Kingdom on December 12, 1963.

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