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Why Mashujaa Day Celebrations Will Be an Invite-Only Affair

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Interior Principal Secretary (PS) Karanja Kibicho on Monday, October 12 declared the Mashujaa Day Celebrations on Tuesday, October 20 an ‘invite-only’ affair.

Kibicho spoke to the media in Kisii where he led a team from the Ministry of Interior in inspecting the venue ahead of the Mashujaa Day celebrations.

He clarified that only invited guests will be allowed into Gusii Stadium during the Mashujaa Day celebrations.

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho addressing the media in Kisii County. /TWITTER

Kibicho was flanked by Kisii Governor James Ongwae in the inspection tour to assess the preparedness of the county ahead of the celebrations.

The PS also praised the Kisii County Government for cooperation and level of preparedness ahead of one of the country’s most famous annual events.

Ongwae reiterated that the county is ready to host the celebrations and welcomed all the invited guests.

“We are ready! Hosting the National Celebrations committee team led by Internal Security PS Dr Karanja Kibicho as we Jointly inspect the various activities ahead of Mashujaa Day celebrations next week. Karibuni Kisii, the Land of Matoke and Soapstones,” noted Ongwae.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, October 8, met leaders from the Kisii region to discuss development in the region ahead of the 2020 Mashujaa Day celebrations.

The Government is yet to draft a list of guests that will be allowed into the stadium with a section of Kenyans speculating on the attendance of Deputy President William Ruto.

Ruto was a no-show during the COVID-19 conference hosted at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) on Monday, September 28, but was in attendance for the National Prayer Day at State House, Nairobi, on Saturday despite not being allowed to speak.

The Mashujaa Day celebrations will be the first in the country to be held with physical attendance after the Madaraka Day celebrations held at the State House gardens in Nairobi on Monday, June 1.

It was followed by Kenyans virtually due to the strict COVID-19 regulations on public gatherings.

Mashujaa Day is a public holiday to honour all Kenyans who have contributed towards the struggle for Kenya’s independence.

It was initially named Kenyatta Day but was shifted to Mashujaa Day with the promulgation of the new constitution in 2010.

Part of the crowd that turned up for the Mashujaa Day celebrations at the refurbished Mama Ngina Waterfront in Mombasa on October 20, 2019. /NAIROBI NEWS

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