President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto seemed all too keen to ditch the trappings of power during Jubilee Party’s lavish mega launch at the Kasarani stadium on Saturday.
In all, it turned out to be an expensive affair sprinkled with showbiz and flair.
High profile musicians were also in attendance, and they didn’t disappoint, keeping the tens of thousands of supporters attached to Kenya’s brand new political party thoroughly entertained.
For starters, President Kenyatta and his number two both turned out for this event without their official motorcade.
The duo arrived amidst cheers and ululation from their supporters atop Jubilee party branded SUVs that bore specialized “Jubilee” numbers and escorted by a fleet of four wheel drive vehicles all through the expansive Thika road highway leading to the venue.
This move and decision were both interpreted to imply this was more of a private event other than a formal one.
What’s more, both Kenyatta and Ruto were dressed in more relaxed gear which bore heavy semblance and colour to the Jubilee party’s red theme colour.
The President in a visibly in cheerful mood, was arguably the most casual of the two principals, donning a fashioned faded light blue jeans, and jacket.
Notably, Uhuru’s aide-de-camp was nowhere in sight although the battery of under cover operatives was too heavy to be ignored.
The five-hour event ended at exactly 4:30pm following an elaborate presidential speech, which had been preceded by a host of defections “welcomed home” by Ruto.