, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 20 – President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Monday lead Kenyans in marking the fourth Mashujaa Day since the promulgation of the Constitution in August 2010.
The national celebrations will be held at Nyayo National Stadium and in all county headquarters.
President Kenyatta is scheduled to arrive at the stadium for the event at 10.55am.
On arrival, the President will be received by the Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi.
Deputy President William Ruto will be attending his first Mashujaa Day under the Jubilee Coalition government due to the ongoing trials at the International Criminal Court where he’s facing charges with former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang.
Ruto did however commemorate the day in Brussels, Belgium with Kenyans living in Europe.
Mashujaa Day (Heroes Day) is a national day in Kenya which is observed on October 20 to honour Kenyan heroes who contributed towards the struggle for the country’s independence.
Post independence national heroes and heroines such as those in the business sector, sports and arts industry among others will also recognized on this day.
Initially, the day was dedicated to the nation’s founding father, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. It is the day he was arrested in 1952 on suspicion he was the leader of Mau-Mau fighters.
However, the makers of the new Constitution felt it should be renamed Mashujaa Day because there were other patriots across the country whose contribution in the fight for independence was equally important.
This year’s celebration comes at a time when the country has had a difficult year with a myriad of challenges ranging from insecurity, ICC trials of the President and his deputy among others.