Details of President Ruto’s first Mashujaa Day celebrations
Outgoing Interior Principal Secretary Dr. Karanja Kibicho, on the evening of Monday, October 17, 2022, inspected Uhuru Gardens ahead of the Mashujaa Day celebration.
The celebrations will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at the Gardens in Lang’ata Sub County and will be graced by President William Ruto.
This will be the first Madaraka Day function to be graced by the Head of State after he was declared winner of the August 9, 2022, General Elections by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
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The Supreme Court of Kenya then upheld his win.
“As the National Celebrations Committee, we have spared no effort to prepare for this year’s Mashujaa Day Celebrations on Thursday,” Dr. Kibicho said in a tweet.
“All is set for the Uhuru Gardens event and the 22,000 members of the public and Very Important Persons (VIP) expected attendees will witness an occasion that benefits the memory and honor of the day,” he tweeted.
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“The gates will be open from 4am and invitees are advised to be seated by 7am,” Kibicho said.
In 2021, the celebrations were held at Wanguru stadium, Kirinyaga County, when the politicking period was at its peak, with former President Uhuru Kenyatta going separate ways with President Ruto, who was the Deputy Head of State then.
President Kenyatta had made it clear that he was working with opposition leader Raila Odinga and would support his bid to take over from him.
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Apart from Kirinyaga County, the celebrations were also held in Nakuru, Machakos, Meru, Nyeri, Kakamega, Mombasa, Narok, and Kisii.
Former President Kenyatta had issued a directive that it would be important for counties to host two national holidays on a rotational basis.
The move was also intended to enhance national integration and showcase the investment opportunities available at the counties to national and international attention.
During the Presidential debate on July 26, President Dr. Ruto raised concerns about the renovation of Uhuru Gardens, which he said was unbudgeted.
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