Fireworks go up as Kenya begins 50th bash
From the huge crowd, there was pomp and dance as people cheered and waved small flags to accompany the band that played the national anthem to repeat the same exercise that was done 50 years ago at the same venue.
The raising of the flag was accompanied by fireworks.
Various groups including schools performed diverse entertainment all dedicated to mark Kenya’s special day in its history.
Many people also used social media to wish Kenyans a happy birthday.
Some of the messages read; “Kenya at 50 is still a work in progress. The US, that became independent in 1776, is still grappling with homeless people, inequalities, and before Obama came, and health insurance. So we’re doing well, at least not as bad as the civil society thinks.”
“50 years ago, Jomo Kenyatta witnessed as Kenya’s national flag being raised as the country attained independence. Tonight, his son, Uhuru Kenyatta did exactly what his dad did. Maybe in 50 years to come, Uhuru Kenyatta’s son will do exactly what his grandfather and father did. Or may be one of my daughters will,” Joe Ngugi said on Facebook.
Thomas Otieno also wished Kenyans a happy birthday; “Peace, Love and Unity” always prevails among us Kenyans.”
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero who started off the speeches applauded previous leaders and freedom fighters for getting Kenya where it is today.
Sports and Culture Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario took up to the podium to welcome Ruto who paved way for the President’s speech.
Kenyatta, who spoke for about 14 minutes, called on Kenyans to stay united and shun tribal, religion and other differences that divide Kenyans.
He said unity was the only way Kenya would be successful in fighting its challenges of unemployment and among others poverty.
After Kenyatta’s speech at 1.07am, the crowd was entertained with music.-capitalfm.co.ke