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Govt bans Mashujaa Day celebrations in counties

By , People Daily Digital
Friday, September 24th, 2021 19:32 | < 1 min read
Interior Principal Secretary Dr Karanja Kibicho when he appeared before the National Assembly’s Committee on Administration and National Security in Nairobi, last week. Photo/PD/Samuel Kariuki

The government have since frozen parallel scheduled celebrations of this year’s Mashujaa Day in counties across the country.

In a statement issued on Friday, Interior PS Dr. Karanja Kibicho said the holiday will only be marked in Kirinyaga County and will deviate from the traditional practice where County Commissioners lead similar celebrations at the grassroots level.

According to Kibocho Kirinyaga County will host this year’s Mashujaa celebrations but no other county will be able to host the celebrations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Kirinyaga County will be the host for this year’s Mashujaa Day. No celebrations will be held in other counties, as it has always been the case. We don’t want to escalate the spread of Covid-19, and that is why we are freezing similar activities in other counties,” he said.

Kibicho was speaking after inspecting ongoing works at Wanguru Stadium, the venue for the Mashujaa celebrations event on October 20.

“Covid is still here with us, and in a bid to reduce the infection rate, we have to adhere to all government protocols. As a result, a majority of Kenyans will follow the live proceedings through various broadcast mediums from the comfort of their homes,” Kibicho said.

According to the PS, the facility is almost complete and will be delivered by October alongside the County Commissioner’s residence in Kerugoya, which will double up as a State Lodge.

“We are satisfied with the progress made so far. From the brief we have received from the construction team, we have never been closer to this level of preparation ahead of national holiday. This and other infrastructure meant to facilitate this year’s event will be ready by October 5,” he said.

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