Document Kenya’s history, Uhuru urges scholars

December 10, 2013 6:56 am

, PODIUMNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 10 – President Uhuru Kenyatta is urging more scholars to author material on Kenyan cultures to sustain the Kenyan heritage for generations to come.

Speaking at former politician Maina Wanjigi’s autobiography launch on Monday, Kenyatta said that Kenyan history needs to be written by Kenyans rather than people in the Diaspora who have to rely on sources that may not be credible.

“Our history must be a history that comes from our own people because their story is our story and as such we ought to share with those that are yet to come,” said Kenyatta.

Maina Wanjigi echoed the Head of State’s words adding that Kenya has garnered tremendous success in democracy since the colonial time.

He added that as Kenya celebrates 50 years rather than look at what we have yet to achieve, Kenyans ought to appreciate the economic, social and political developments.

“I thank God that I was born in this country and that Kenya did not become the Canaan for the Jews as the Britons would have wished.”

“I am glad that we have been able to move this country to the place that we are in the peaceful democracy that makes us the envy of many states in the world,” Wanjigi observed.

Kenya will in three days celebrate its Golden Jubilee in a colourful event that will see the Kenyan flag hoisted at the Uhuru Gardens as was done 50 years ago during the Independence celebrations.

So far, 11 Heads of State invited to the celebrations have confirmed attendance, with more expected to confirm.

“We comfortably expect 20 Heads of State to grace this occasion and we are ready to host them,” Sports and Culture Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario stated. “We have completed all the preparations for accommodation and transport and security and all the things to do with the protocol,” Wario said.

The [email protected] celebrations will begin on December 11 at the historic Uhuru Gardens on Langata Road where the national flag will be hoisted at midnight to symbolise what happened at the exact time in 1963.

The historic grounds are currently closed and off-limits for the public as it gets a facelift ahead of the event.


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