, NAIROBI, Kenya June 1 – It’s all systems go as Kenyans celebrate 50 years of independence.
The celebrations are being held in all the 47 counties to be officiated by Governors and County Commissioners.
The main celebrations are being held at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi presided over by Kenya’s fourth President Uhuru Kenyatta who took over power from immediate former President Mwai Kibaki.
President Kenyatta arrived at the stadium at 11 am and was received by the Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi.
It will be the President’s first national celebration although he also presided over Labour Day celebrations for workers on May 1.
Kenyatta’s speech is likely to centre on the state of the country’s security, MPs salaries, the state of the economy and other governance issues–according to State House officials.
“The President will also highlight the achievements Kenya has made since attaining self rule from colonialists,” an official at the president’s office said.
Kenya attained independence in June 1, 1963, effectively becoming an independent state after years of colonial rule by Britain.
The late Jomo Kenyatta who vigorously fought for independence and even ended up in detention was Kenya’s first president until 1978 when he died. The then Vice President Daniel arap Moi took over leadership after Kenyatta’s death and ruled until 2002 when he retired.
Immediate former President Kibaki successfully contested for the presidency served two terms until April 9 when he handed over to Kenyatta after hotly contested polls.