, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – Culture and Arts Principal Secretary Patrick Omutie is calling for the fast tracking of the Kenya Heroes Bill which outlines the criteria for identifying, recognising and honouring national heroes and heroines.
Omutia said that under the Bill, personalities who have made immense contributions to the liberation struggle in the country will be considered in one way or another.
Speaking ahead of the Mashujaa Day celebrations set for this Sunday, he stated that a special case of people with disabilities has been included in the Bill.
“We will be publishing a National Heroes and Heroines roll of honor, providing appropriate social security for the heroes and their families and also according them State burials,” he said.
He further stressed that the government will continue to recognise and honour heroes through putting up of monuments in their honour, writing, publishing and displaying their names for posterity.
“Let me call upon Kenyans to respect these monuments and avoid any acts of vandalism. These are National shrines, and shrines the world over need to be respected and protected at all times. Plans are also at an advanced stage for the construction of the Mashujaa Square at Uhuru Gardens,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nairobi Regional Coordinator Ndirangu Njoroge said that every measure has been taken to ensure tight security during the festivities.
“The government would like to call upon all Kenyans to cooperate with the security agents and to report to the police any suspicious looking individual, property, activity or abandoned luggage,” he stated.
“This day replaced Kenyatta Day which has been celebrated ever since 1965 as remembrance for the day the founder of the nation, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was arrested by the colonialists on October 20, 1952,” he said.
It forms one of three national days recognised by the Constitution, alongside Madaraka Day and Jamhuri Day which respectively commemorate the days that Kenya attained internal self-rule in 1963, then full independence from British rule just over five months later.
The Constitution promulgated in 2010 rebranded ‘Kenyatta Day’ to Mashujaa Day to commemorate all those involved in the liberation struggle.