On October 20, 2021, when the country celebrates Mushujaa Day, Uhuru Kenyatta and His Excellency William Samoei Ruto are likely to meet again. Despite the fact that they were elected as one party to lead Kenya as President and Vice President, the leaders will meet again after a lengthy period of silence on each other. Because so many people shake hands when they meet, the two leaders are expected to shake hands on the same day they address the country.
After His Excellency Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta shook hands with Opposition leader Raila Amollo Odinga in 2018, the two were considered to differ politically, and they are currently not on speaking terms.
For the first time since Kenya's independence in 1963, Mashujaa day celebrations will be conducted in Kirinyaga county, according to the Star newspaper. President Kenyatta will be the special guest, and he will lead the country in honoring our heroes and heroines who sacrificed so much to ensure Kenya's freedom.
Previously, approximately 15k individuals were allowed to attend the celebrations. This year, however, the situation is different because the celebration will take place while the country is still dealing with the covid pandemic. As a result, according to Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, the number of people permitted to attend Mashujaa Day celebrations has been cut to 2000. Covid-19 regulations will be strictly followed, including the use of masks and maintaining social distance, among other things.
The president of Kenya, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, will be the guest speaker, according to Karanja Kibicho, who was speaking at General Kassam Stadium. He will be accompanied by other heads of state and dignitaries. Foreign leaders and local Kenyan residents will be welcomed to the event by Kirinyaga County Governor Ann Waiguru.
However, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the government has suspended concurrent Mashuja Day celebrations in other counties around the country. Interior PS Dr Karanja Kibicho stated in a message to the media on Friday that the holiday will be observed alone in Kirinyaga, a departure from the typical practice of County Commissioners leading similar celebrations at county offices across the country.
The suspension, according to Kibicho, is intended to halt the spread of Covid-19 throughout the country, as new illnesses continue to rise despite the government's vaccination efforts.
"This year's Mashujaa Day will be held in Kirinyaga County. As has always been the case, no celebrations will be held in other counties. We don't want to spread Covid-19 further, so similar actions in other counties have been halted," he explained.
Kibicho, who toured Kirinyaga County, said Wang'uru Stadium, which will host the event on October 20, is 80 percent built and would be ready by October 5, along with the County Commissioner's mansion in Kerugoya, which will serve as a State Lodge.
"We are pleased with the work that has been accomplished thus far. We have never been closer to this degree of preparation ahead of the national holiday, according to the brief we received from the construction team. By October 5, we'll have this and other infrastructure in place to help with this year's event," he said.
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