Kenyans of different walks of life packed the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos to celebrate this year’s Mashujaa Day on Thursday.
President Uhuru and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta attended the event and were welcomed by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and his wife Lilian.
Other attendees include DP William Ruto, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and Majority Leader Aden Duale and Chief Justice David Maraga. US Ambassador Robert Godec, former VP and Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka also attended the event.
A notable absentee was Cord leader Raila Odinga, who left the country on Thursday morning for London.
He was scheduled to attend the opening of the London Political Summit where he would meet scholars at the London Metropolitan University.
“I am, however, in solidarity with fellow citizens in Kenya and around the globe as we reflect on the state of our nation on this Mashujaa day.”
President Kenyatta commissioned the construction of Mombasa dual carriageway from Athi River to the Machakos turn-off. He also unveiled a statue of liberation hero – the late Hon. Paul Ngei at Makutano, Machakos Junction.
President Kenyatta honored many heroes and heroines during celebrations. His father Jomo Kenyatta, Musa Gitau, Dedan Kimathi, Paul Ngei and Field Marshall Muthoni. Others include Achieng Oneko, Makhan Singh, Dennis Pritt and prophets Masaku wa Munyati, Koitalel arap Samoei and Chege wa Kibiru.
The President however noticeably left out three iconic men who contributed immensely to Kenya’s struggle. Founding VP Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former minister Tom Mboya.
The president went on to exercise his power of mercy by granting pardon to convicted persons. The Head of State ordered that 7,000 petty crime offenders be set free across the country with immediate effect.
He said the move would help decongest correctional facilities, creating room for corruption chiefs.