, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 31 – Security has been beefed up in Nairobi ahead of the Madaraka Day celebrations set for Monday at the Nyayo National Stadium.
National Celebrations Steering Regional Coordinator Njoroge Ndirangu announced Sunday that thousands of police officers will be deployed to patrol within the estates and the city centre to ensure law and order is maintained.
“I want to assure you that security measures have been put in place and adequate personnel to ensure that the public enjoy all the celebrations in a safe and secure place,” he told a news conference on Sunday.
Ndirangu said gates will be opened as early as 6 am, with guests expected to be seated by 8 am before President Uhuru Kenyatta makes his way there at 11 am.
No hawkers will be allowed at the venue for security reasons.
Kenyans have been urged to turn up in large numbers as sign of patriotism and a way of appreciating our heroes’ efforts in liberating the country from colonial rule.
“We are expecting over 30, 000 Kenyans to show up for the event, I wish to make an appeal that we come early to avoid long queues and inconveniences,” he said.
Variety of entertainment has been organised with popular artists that include Solomon
Mukabwa, Dominic Khaemba as well as Mass Choir performance by Kabarak University and SDA Mass Choir expected to entertain the crowd.
These will be third Madaraka Day fete to be led by the Jubilee administration.
The celebration comes as the Government continues to face various challenges, including security which is posing a challenge to the country’s security forces after repeated attacks at the border points.
The president is expected to address these challenges among others.