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Over 30,000 expected to attend Madaraka Day fete

Kenyans attending Madaraka Day celebrations on Monday will be expected to be seated by 8am, Nairobi regional co-ordinator Njoroge Ndirangu has said.

Briefing journalists on the plan for the celebrations, Mr Ndirangu said the Nyayo National Stadium gates will be open from 6am.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to arrive at the venue by 11 am.

“We have various dignitaries from outside the country who have been invited for the event,” said the regional co-ordinator who, however, declined to disclose the identities of the guests.

Mr Ndirangu asked Kenyans to turnout in large numbers for the national celebrations, saying that a variety of entertainment activities have been lined up.

About 30,000 people are expected at the stadium.

However, he said hawkers will not be allowed inside the stadium. Mr Ndirangu said the decision was arrived at for security reasons.

Thousands of police officers have been deployed across Nairobi county to ensure that all Kenyans are safe.

“Security officers will patrol in informal settlements, central business district and other parts of the county,” said Mr Ndirangu, adding that no roads will be closed unless when the President will be going to and leaving the stadium.

Mr Ndirangu also flagged off a caravan that moved around the county to invite wanachi for the event.

He also thanked Nairobi residents for supporting government initiatives, such as Nyumba Kumi, which he said had helped to reduce insecurity in the capital.