NAIROBI, Kenya, May 31 – President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Sunday lead the country in marking this year’s Madaraka Day celebrations.
The celebrations will be held at the Nyayo National Stadium from 11am.
These will be second Madaraka Day fete to be led by the Jubilee administration.
The celebration comes as the Government continues to face various challenges, security being a major problem and the spiralling cost of living.
The president is expected to address these challenges.
President Kenyatta and his Deputy President William Ruto have over the past few days urged leaders to desist from inciting people along tribal lines, saying they should instead provide solutions.
Ruto, who addressed residents of Narok West Constituency where he opened five classrooms on Saturday, said the Jubilee administration will only focus on developing the country.
“We will respect and protect their right to say what they want to say but they must know that while they have their say, we have our way – to ensure we transform the country,” he stated.
Ruto said that time for politics of mass action, demonstrations that divide Kenyans along tribal lines was over, adding that leaders should instead spend their energy on nation building.
The Government has already declared Monday, June 2, 2014, a public holiday since this year’s Madaraka Day falls on Sunday.
This is in accordance with the Public Holidays Act (Cap 110) where Section 4 provides that if a national day falls on a Sunday, the following day will be a public holiday.
The declaration is contained in a special Kenya Gazette Notice issued on Friday.