Kenya marks 54 years of independence under shadow of divisive poll

December 12, 2017 12:25 pm
Kenya marks 54 years of independence/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12 – Kenyans from all walks of life have began streaming into the Moi International Sports Centre (M.I.S.C) in Kasarani where President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to lead the nation in marking the 54th anniversary of the country’s independence.

The gates to the 60,000 seater Stadium were open from 7 am.

This is the first public holiday President Kenyatta will preside over after he was sworn-in to serve his second term as president of the Republic last month.

During the celebrations there will be a military parade and the ceremonial trooping of the colour will be conducted by the Kenya Air Force command from Moi Air Base in Eastleigh, Nairobi, traditional dances and the ceremonial raising of the Kenyan flag.

According to the Government Spokeman Erick Kiraithe, The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) formation will also host the President’s Guard of Honour and lead other armed and disciplined forces commands in a march-past, as well as pull off the fly-past.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed in the city as the country prepares to commemorate Jamhuri Day.

A spot check by our crew observed heavy deployment of police officers with the Central Business District conducting patrols both on foot and in their patrol vehicles.

For instance on Moi Avenue near the Tom Mboya Statue, National Youth Services personnel and a joint consignment of Kenya Prison and Administration Police officers could be seen warding off any gathering converging at place that usually plays host to the Bunge la Wananchi.

Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome has warned that police will not allow any other public gathering in the city and urged Kenyans to converge at the Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani for national celebrations to mark Jamhuri Day.

This came even as the National Super Alliance postponed its much hyped inauguration of their leader Raila Odinga as the President of People’s Assembly.


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