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Tight security at Mashujaa fete

Thousands of Nairobians braved the scorching sun to celebrate the fourth edition of Mashujaa Day at the Nyayo Stadium Sunday.

The masses arrived to stringent security checks with thousands of security personnel spread out across the stadium; all armed.

The organisers ran a tight ship with nearly all the planned activities on schedule.

There were no major surprises with the traditional, air force fly-by, security personnel marches and entertainment that characterise national celebrations all provided.

The major comic relief however came from two Kawangware youth who called themselves Mchungaji na Mtumishi who left the crowd in stitches with their recreation of music hits that have dominated the airwaves in the last few years.


While the security personnel had their serious march, scouts had theirs too with some too young to coordinate the steps leaving the march stumbling at times.

Seventy three heroes and heroines were also recognised and hosted to a state banquet at the State House.

Others who were recognised were 25 sporting heroes and 34 freedom fighters.

A hush fell over the stadium as the voices of the original Mwakigwena Choir that composed the Kenya Yetu tune once again came together to deliver a song that has characterised Kenya’s national celebrations for decades.

More laughter would come from Sal Davies, the composer of the song ‘Makini’ who had performed for the senior Kenyatta fifty years ago.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the government was equipping security forces to tackle insecurity.