Commander-in-Chief of The Kenya Defence Forces His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta inspects a guard of honor mounted by the Kenya Defence Forces
The Kenya Defence Forces joined other Kenyans in marking the 54th Madaraka day at the Nyeri ASK show ground Kabiruini on Thursday, 1st June 2017, in a pompous ceremony presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta who is also the Commander -in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces.
Madaraka Day, celebrated every June 1st, is the day set aside annually to commemorate Kenya becoming a self-governing country. Jomo Kenyatta, at this time became the first prime minister after 43 years of being a British Colony from 1920 to 1963.
The celebrations commenced with the president inspecting a colorful guard of honor mounted by the Kenya Defence Forces led by the Parade Commander Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Boit, the Commanding Officer of the 9th Battalion Kenya Rifles. The Kenya Air Force feted the ceremony by entertaining guests and showcasing their air navigation prowess with a fly-past of a pack of the fighter jets.
President Uhuru Kenyatta paid tribute to all veterans of Mau Mau and patriots who shed blood fighting for the freedom of the nation. “Our elders won that epic war because they were united. We have built on their legacy, building a country that has been an island of peace and stability in the region” he said.
The president, strongly condemned the security threats that Kenyans have been facing and assured them that the government is fully committed in up scaling the security sector through increasing the numbers of security personnel, adding sophisticated technology and stepping up its training and coordination. “We are also working to ensure that citizen engagement, and innovative tools to disengage, rehabilitate and reintegrate criminals and extremists, will complement our security’ he said. He further affirmed KDF’s continued stay in Somalia with a mission to stabilize Somalia for its own security and ours.
The president showed his gratitude to the people of Nyeri County for their warm welcome during the third national celebration to be held outside Nairobi. He further said that the decision to share national celebrations among the counties is part of the Government’s desire to include every Kenyan in celebrating the day.
Others present during the celebration were First Lady Margret Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Mrs. Rachel Ruto, the host Nyeri Governor Samuel Wamathai, Cabinet Secretaries, the Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe and service commanders, members of the diplomatic community, distinguished guests among other senior government and military officers.
Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe welcomes President Uhuru Kenyatta to the 54thMadaraka Day celebration venue at the ASK Show Ground, Nyeri Kabiruini
Front (Left-Right) Defence CS Amb Raychelle Omamo, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu, Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Samuel Thuita, Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi during the Madaraka Day Celebrations
Parade Commander Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Boit, Commanding Officer 9th Kenya Rifles Battalion, leads the guard of honor past the dias
Maroon Commandos entertain Kenyans during the Madaraka Day Celebrations