President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to grace the 58th Jamhuri Day celebrations at the Uhuru Gardens scheduled for Sunday. The event will be conducted in strict adherence to Ministry of Health‘s COVID-19 protocols, and invited guests are advised to be seated by 8am.
Only 11,000 invited guests will be allowed into Uhuru Gardens during this year’s celebrations. Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho Saturday assured the public that the stage was all set for the event at Uhuru Gardens.
During an inspection tour earlier this week, Interior PS Kibicho who also chairs the National Celebrations Committee said 10,000 people will be on the public grounds while 1000 will be in the dais at the venue that has undergone major renovations.
He said although the participants will be more than three times those invited to Mashujaa Day in Wanguru stadium in Kirinyaga County last month, concerns over the Covid 19 pandemic discouraged the invitation of more people to the event.
“In adherence to the containment measures, we will allow only 10,000 people in the public sitting area and around 1,000 in the main dias. Invitations will be done through our usual systems [Nyumba Kumi and the NGAO’s structure] to ensure that there is equal participation and fair representation by all classes.”
He said there was not going to be any parallel celebrations held in the counties during this year’s Jamhuri Day.
According to Interior PS Karanja Kibicho, the move follows extensive consultations across government and expert advisories that such events will potentially accelerate Covid-19 infections.
On Covid-19 vaccination drive, a stand will be set up at Uchumi Lang’ata grounds to allow invited guests and members of the public to get jabs.
The drive will run from 8 am-5 pm.
All is set for the 58th Jamhuri Day celebration at the Uhuru Gardens Stadium tomorrow. The event will be conducted in strict adherence to @MOH_Kenya‘s COVID-19 protocols, and invited guests are advised to be seated by 8am. pic.twitter.com/t3nNR1qjfF
— Ministry of Interior (@InteriorKE) December 11, 2021
Jamhuri is Swahili word for republic. 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 the British rule.
Under British rule since the late 19th century, Kenya officially became a British colony in 1920. The colonial administration opposed African demands for a greater role in the political process, and it was not until 1944 that an African was included in the colony’s legislature.
Disputes over land and cultural traditions continued, however, and the movement against colonial rule grew, culminating in the Mau Mau uprisings in the 1950s, during which the country was plunged into a state of emergency through most of the decade. Kenya gained independence on December 12, 1963, and became a republic a year later in 1964, with Jomo Kenyatta as the president.
In other news – Jamhuri Day celebrations underway at Uhuru Gardens
Celebrations are underway at the newly renovated Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County, the venue for the 57th Jamhuri Day event.