, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19 – Deputy President William Ruto will miss out on the first Mashujaa Day celebrations under the Jubilee government.
Ruto will however commemorate the day in Brussels, Belgium with Kenyans living in Europe.
The celebrations will be held at the Palace of the Colonies where Kenya’s ambassadors to Belgium Johnson Weru and Makena Muchiri from the Netherlands will be in attendance.
The celebrations will feature an inter-denominational service.
Mashujaa Day is a public holiday set aside on October 20 to collectively honour all those who contributed towards the struggle for Kenya’s independence.
Ruto’s absence in Kenya is due to the ongoing trials at the International Criminal Court where he’s facing charges with former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang.
President Uhuru Kenyatta whose trial is set to open at the International Criminal Court on November 12 will lead Kenyans in the Mashujaa celebrations at Nyayo Stadium.