, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 1 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday led the country in celebrating Madaraka day which was held for the first time outside Nairobi at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.
A few minutes after arriving at the venue, the Head of State inspected a guard of honor after which the troops displayed their marching prowess.
In December last year, President Kenyatta announced that two of the three national holidays will be hosted by counties other than Nairobi on a rotational basis.
The three national holidays are Madaraka Day, Mashujaa Day in October and Jamhuri Day in December.
Mombasa is next on the list of counties, that will host the national celebrations.
June 1 is the day Kenya attained internal self-rule preceding full independence from the United Kingdom on December 12, 1963.
President Kenyatta on Tuesday invited opposition leader Raila Odinga and his counterpart Moses Wetangula to the celebrations while Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery assured them of security during their prayer rally at Uhuru Park which was set to commence shortly after the National Madaraka Day Celebtrations at Afraha stadium.