This year’s Madaraka Day celebrations will be held in the newly built Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu, on June 1, the government has announced.
Speaking during an inspection visit to the stadium on Thursday, 29th April, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said that the national celebrations committee was satisfied with the preparations for Madaraka Day to be marked in Kisumu.
He said a few people be allowed into the stadium while others would follow the proceedings virtually from identified areas.
“We will hold the celebrations at the stadium for a few, but we have also identified a number of areas where people will gather to follow the events virtually,” said Kibicho.
PS Kibicho said that roads and street lighting that would be required for the day would be in place by 15th, May 2021.
This will be the first time Kisumu County will host the national celebrations.
Last year’s celebrations were held virtually, hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, in order to observe the measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The fete had initially been scheduled to be held in Kisii County before the virus struck the nation.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, ODM leader Raila Odinga, and top government officials are expected to grace this year’s occasion.