Pomp, fanfare as Kenya celebrates Golden Jubilee
12 December 2013, 10:16
Nairobi - Kenyans begun celebrations to mark 50 years of self rule with a symbolic re-enactment of the hoisting of the national flag as was done on this day in 1963.
President Uhuru Kenyatta led the celebrations which were held at Uhuru Gardens.
The celebrations were marked with the hoisting of the national flag at the stroke of midnight, fireworks, song and dance.
Kenyans of all walks of lives braved the rainy weather to witness the historic occasion.
“As we celebrate 50 years of independence, we strive to put an end to poverty, ensure that all school-going children get an education, the youth get employment opportunities and there are enough hospitals providing health care to our people. I wish you all a happy Jamhuri day,” said the President.
The President hoisted the flag as had been done by his father, the founding president of Kenya 50 years ago.
He went on to plant an olive tree 50 meters away from where the first president planted a tree in the 1963 celebrations.
The celebrations went on up to 0700 hrs local time this morning.
The festivities are expected to move to Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani for a public rally that is expected to be attended by dignitaries from all over the world including 17 heads of states.
A Governors’ Ball preceded the Uhuru Gardens function.
The hoisting of the flag was done simultaneously both at Uhuru Gardens and at the highest point of the country-Mount Kenya.
– CAJ News