Celebrations are underway at the newly renovated Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County, the venue for the 57th Jamhuri Day event.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and other guests have arrived at the venue which is a commemorative park erected in remembrance of the country’s transformation into a republic.
The Kenyan flag was raised for the first time at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi at Midnight as the Union Jack (de-facto national flag of the United Kingdom) was lowered.
The National Anthem was also played for the first time on 12th December 1963, as the flag was hoisted.
This year’s Jamhuri Day event is the last that President Uhuru Kenyatta will be presiding over as president.
Jamhuri Day is a national holiday meant to officially mark the date when Kenya became a republic on 12 December 1964, one year and six months after gaining internal self-rule on 1 June 1963 from British rule.
— KBC Channel1 News (@KBCChannel1) December 12, 2021
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