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King Charles III’s special message to Ruto on Jamhuri Day

King Charles III has celebrated Kenya as it marks its 60th Jamhuri Day with a special message to President William Ruto.

In a statement shared on Tuesday, December 12, the monarch commended the people of Kenya on reaching a significant milestone since gaining independence.

“Dear Mr. President, I would like to send my heartfelt congratulations to Your Excellency and the people of the Republic of Kenya on Jamhuri Day, which is particularly significant this year as you mark sixty years since Independence,” said King Charles III.

He lauded Kenyans and President Ruto for marking its 60th year as a free state and for the fruitful partnerships Kenya has had with the United Kingdom for years.

He further expressed optimism that the partnerships will continue to be fostered in future years to attain prosperity.

“I look forward to the continuing warm friendship and the strong and close partnership between our two countries, including as members of the Commonwealth, in this special year of the tenth anniversary of the Commonwealth Charter,” he added.

The Monarch emphasised the enduring friendship and close partnership between the United Kingdom and Kenya, highlighting their shared membership of the Commonwealth.

King Charles III also noted the special significance of this year, which marks the 10th anniversary of the Commonwealth Charter.

“As we face these challenging times, our work together for prosperity, peace and democracy, and especially to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss, is all the more important,” the King said.

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He further thanked the nation for the warm hospitality he received during his visit in November.

“The visit demonstrated the vital importance of the UK-Kenya partnership and our ambitions to strengthen it yet further in the months and years to come,” he said.

President Ruto arrived at the Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi, where the country’s 60th Jamuhuri Day Celebrations are ongoing.

The Head of State is expected to lead the fete that is held to commemorate the day Kenya became a Republic.

This will mark his second Jamhuri Day since he assumed office in 2022.

A total of 30,000 people are expected to attend the celebrations.

Jamhuri is the Swahili word for “republic,” and the holiday officially marks the date when Kenya became an independent country on 12 December 1963.

This was six months after gaining internal self-rule on June 1, 1963, from the United Kingdom.

Dignitaries who will be in attendance include Ethiopia President Sahle-Work Zewde, who jetted into the country on Monday and Zanzibar President Hussein Mwinyi.