, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 11 – Security has been beefed up in Nairobi ahead of the Jamhuri celebrations set for Saturday at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Nairobi County Commissioner Godfrey Mwaura told journalists that the city is adequately staffed with police officers to ensure law and order is maintained.
“I want to assure you that we have put in place adequate security and enhanced police officers on patrol, we are also conducting intelligence led operations in targeted parts of the city,” he said.
Mwaura says gates will be opened as early as 6am, with guests expected to be seated by 8am before President Uhuru Kenyatta makes his way there at 11am.
He urged Kenyans to turn up in large numbers as sign of patriotism and a way of appreciating the day Kenya became a sovereign State.
Variety of entertainment has been organised with popular artists that include Kidum, Nameless, H@rt the Band, Maroon Commandos as well as comedian David the student among others.
These will be third Jamhuri Day fete to be led by the Jubilee administration.
The celebration comes as the government continues to face various challenges that include corruption which President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to fight aggressively.
While marking the International Anti Corruption Day President Kenyatta told government officials to prepare for what he described as hurting action which will not spare anyone.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating several high profile cases, including the controversial Sh250 billion Eurobond which Opposition leaders claim was misappropriated.
The president is expected to address these challenges among others.
The Aga Khan is expected to arrive in Nairobi at the invitation of President Kenyatta, to participate in the Jamhuri Day celebrations.
The Aga Khan has had a long-standing cordial relationship with Kenya over the years, and through the Aga Khan Development Network, has made significant contributions to the social and economic development of the country.
During his short visit to the country, the Aga Khan is expected to hold private talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta and other key Government officials before going to Kampala, Uganda for the Land Grant and Initiation Ceremony for the Aga Khan University Hospital in Kampala.
Like the Aga Khan University Hospitals in Nairobi and in Karachi, both of which have earned accreditation from the US-based Joint Commission International, the hospital in Kampala will seek to provide treatment and care equal to the best in the world.