PHOTOS: Kirinyaga residents throng Wanguru stadium for Mashujaa Day celebrations
By Ndungu Gachane and Wainaina Ndungu
| October 20th 2021
Kirinyaga residents have already thronged at the Wanguru stadium ready for the Mashujaa Day Celebrations.
The residents walk up early enough and braved the cold and heavy downpour to queue at the gate for security screening before the entrance to the stadium.
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho earlier on said only 3,000 guests would be allowed at the stadium in line with Covid-19 protocols.
A spot-check by The Standard has established that those entering the stadium are required to display their invitation cards which are confirmed by hawk-eyed security officials.
As a result, those without the cards are being turned away.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga are among the dignitaries expected to grace the celebrations.
Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera and First Lady Monica Chakwera will be the chief guests at the Celebrations.
The first family arrived in the country yesterday and were received by their host at State House Nairobi.
Currently, the security officers are rehearsing for entertainment at the stadium.
This will be President Uhuru Kenyatta’s last Mashujaa Day address as the sitting President, and with it comes a number of expectations from Kenyans among them whether he will lift the dusk to dawn curfew that was put in place in March 2020.
Uhuru marked his first Mashujaa Day as Head of State at Nyayo Stadium in 2013 where he preached unity and celebrated freedom fighters and sports heroes.
The president is set to camp in Mt Kenya as he seeks to bring the region under his wings and show residents what political direction to take ahead of the 2022 General Election.
Sources in the presidency told The Standard that following heightened political activities in his backyard, the President is on a mission to steady the ship and rally the people to support his preferred successor.
Uhuru is expected to stay at the Sagana State Lodge in Nyeri County where he will be meeting political leaders and various groups from Mt Kenya, which has registered 13 political parties.
It will be the first time the President will be sharing a podium with presidential front-runners in his backyard, which has been turned into a succession battleground.
Political games are expected from two rival camps at the fete. While Ruto has been camping at the Coast, Raila has been in Meru.
The DP has called out both the President and ODM leader, saying he stood by their side in past elections but they have now sidelined him.
Uhuru has not shied away from telling off Ruto over early campaigns and even challenged him to quit the government if he is dissatisfied instead of criticising it from within.
Ruto and Raila have also publicly traded barbs over their economic agenda and succession politics.
Eyes will also be on Uhuru on whether he will announce his preferred successor at the national fete.
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