PHOTOS: Fireworks As Kenyans Celebrate Golden Jamhuri


drug geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>It was pomp and colour as fireworks rocked the air at midnight when the flag was hoisted to mark the 50th birthday of the country’s independence.

Some of the guests at celebrations included regional leaders, Yoweri Museveni, Jakaya Kikwete and Pierre Nkurunziza

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President Uhuru Kenyatta planed a commemorative tree to mark the occasion.

The President, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, his wife Rachel and a host of dignitaries were united in ushering in the golden jubilee.

Uhuru congratulating Kenyans on the Independence Day celebrations

Speaking during the occasion, President Kenyatta urged Kenyans to remain united and committed to making the country, East Africa and Africa prosperous and peaceful in the next 50 years.

“Tonight, we bear testimony of our fidelity to the aspirations of our freedom fighters, independence heroes and founding fathers. In time, we have overcome much to become a modern, open, democratic nation doing its best for its citizens and neighbours,” the President said.

President Kenyatta observed that Kenyans forged an unshakeable consensus to use resources at their disposal to bring a better life to all citizens adding “we are on our way to becoming a richer and better country to live in”.

Kids show patriotism as they wave Kenyan flags at the Independence Day celebrations

He urged Kenyans to love one another pointing out that tribalism and discrimination on race or creed should be avoided for unity to prevail.

The President also told Kenyans to owe allegiance to the Constitution that guaranteed them fundamental rights to basic needs in life.

Earlier, President Kenyatta graced the Nairobi County Governors’ Ball at Kenyatta International Conference centre.

The president said his Government has no intention of controlling devolved units but has an obligation to work with county governments to deliver quality service to all Kenyans.

The President prepares to inspect a guard of honour

“The Constitution requires this partnership to be conducted in a mutually respectful, reciprocal consultative manner.”

President Kenyatta pointed out that devolution is in Kenya to stay but his Government is working hard to ensure that it delivers successfully.

He urged Governors to set up initiatives under their offices to mobilise and harness efforts to cushion vulnerable members of society even as they implemented devolution.

The President inspecting a guard of honour

“As we celebrate our nation’s Golden Jamhuri Jubilee, we are also ushering in the Christmas season,” the President said.

He told leaders and citizens to use the convergence of festivities to enhance charitable activities as a lasting memory to the country’s journey and achievements over the next 50 years.

Kenyans dancing to fifty years of Independence

The Deputy President called on Kenyans to rise above political affiliations and engage in activities that will not let the country down in the next 50 years.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta and leaders across the country graced both occasions.


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