His Excellency Hon. William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander – in – Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces today led the nation in marking the 60th Madaraka Day celebrations at the Moi Stadium in Embu County.

Celebrated annually on 1st june, Madaraka Day is significant in Kenya’s history as it is on this day in June 1963, when Kenya attained self-rule. Emboldened by unity in the struggle, Kenya eventually replaced the colonial government with the first indigenous

The event began when the President arrived and was received by the Chief of Kenya Defence Forces, General Francis Ogolla at the stadium. He inspected a guard of honour mounted by Seven Kenya Rifles Battalion led by parade Commander Lieutenant Colonel Nyamooh Kasaine, the Commanding Officer.

Afterwards, together with his entourage, that included a host of local and foreign dignitaries, the President witnessed a fly past by aircraft from the Kenya Air Force which preceded meticulous marching by contingents of various security agencies including the National Police Service, Kenya Coast Guard Services, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forestry Service, National Youth Service and the Embu County Law Enforcement Units among others

In his address, President William Ruto hailed the sacrifices by the country’s liberators in enduring immense risks in the struggle for liberation.
“Our forefathers’ historic struggles to vindicate our God-given rights of self-determination entailed tremendous sacrifices and immense determination against a colossal adversary, but ultimately, they triumphed.” He said.

He further observed that in fighting for our sovereignty, our noble freedom fighters primarily waged political struggles to liberate a people divided, humiliated, and impoverished under a predatory system whose institutions were vicious and extractive. Since then, the President noted that Kenya has made major strides in the war against underdevelopment, poverty, and unemployment urging Kenyans to never let the spirit of determination die in them.

Among those who joined President Ruto at the fully packed stadium in marking the ceremony included, H.E Rachel Ruto, First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, President of the Republic of Comoros, H.E Azali Assoumani, Former President of the Republic of Niger, H.E Mohamadou Issoufou, Deputy President of the Republic Kenya, H.E Rigathi Gachagua and her Spouse, Service commanders as well as other senior security officials. Also present were a host of foreign, national and county government officials and the citizenry who came in droves.

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