Uhuru to Lead Special Madaraka Day Celebration in Unusual Way

President Kenyatta inspects a guard of honour on arrival at Kinoru stadium in Meru on June 1, 2018.
President Kenyatta inspects a guard of honour on arrival at Kinoru stadium in Meru on June 1, 2018.

Kenya’s 57th Madaraka Day slated for June 1, will be commemorated in a manner like no other in the country’s 5-decade history.

In a statement signed by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho on May 26, all regional commissioners were directed to ensure virtual celebrations were adhered to.

“Virtual celebration of this year’s Madaraka Day will be streamed through all media houses and social media platforms,” the notice reads in part.

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho addresses a summit in Mombasa on January 13, 2020.
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho addresses a summit in Mombasa on January 13, 2020.
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The celebration will run from 8 a.m. and will culminate in the live address by President Uhuru Kenyatta from State House, Nairobi.

The measure is part of efforts against the spread of Covid-19 as guided by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation prohibiting mass gatherings.

“The Madaraka Day production will be packed with entertainment and documentaries that highlight our culture and development milestones as a Great nation.

“This is, therefore, to ask to ask you to advise members of the public to remain at home and follow the celebrations on radio and television,” Kibicho instructed.

The 56th Madaraka Day celebrations were held at the Narok Stadium in line with a decision to have national days hosted on a rotational basis by counties outside Nairobi.

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