, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 25 – A re-enactment of how Kenya celebrated independence is part of how the government plans to mark 50 years of self-governance, with hoisting of the flag on Mount Kenya and Uhuru Gardens on December 12.
The Kenya at 50 National Organising Committee chairman Mutea Iringo says this year’s Jamhuri Day celebrations will be led by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Kasarani Stadium in a break from the customary Nyayo Stadium.
Speaking on Thursday when he met various stakeholders to get their views on the festivities, Iringo said that there will be lighting of all buildings that are 50 years old for a month before the celebrations in Nairobi.
“This will be symbolic of the new dawn as a country we are experiencing. There will also be military parades and formations, songs and dances and eventually honouring of the country’s influential people,” he said.
“This is an event that will bring Kenyans together as we observe 50 years of independence which will be observed on December 11 and 12.”
He said the celebrations will help the country reflect on the gains and challenges it has faced through independence, so that it can plan for its future.
“The event will be observed at all 47 counties. It will be held in two days; the first at Uhuru Park on 11th and the main one at Kasarani on 12th,” he revealed.
During the forum, Iringo assured both local and international investors in the country of the government’s commitment to continue maintaining an enabling environment for the business community in the country.
He said the country’s economy was set to expand after undergoing a peaceful election.
“This has really built confidence among investors that our country is safe for investments and destination,” he said.
Iringo urged members of the public to remain united saying this will foster more growth in the country.
He also asked the private sector to continue creating job opportunities to the country’s growing population of young persons.