The National Government has announced it will only allow the over 10,000 invites to attend the 58th Jamhuri Day Celebration, scheduled to take place at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County tomorrow.
While making the pronouncement at a Nairobi hotel early Saturday, Nairobi County Regional Commissioner (RC) James Kianda said the move to limit the numbers is informed by the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country.
“Taking into account the ravages of Covid -19 and our struggle to attain normalcy, attendance for this year’s event at Uhuru Gardens has been scaled down to 10,000 persons against the capacity of 34,000 with strict adherence to Ministry of Health protocols,” said Kianda.
The Regional Commissioner also urged Kenyans to visit the available health centres and get vaccinated, adding that vaccination centres will be set around Uhuru Gardens tomorrow to allow those willing to take the vaccine.
He said vaccination was the only solution geared towards mitigating further spread of the virus in the country.
“May I remind all of us once more that we live in very unusual times ravaged by the global Covid-19 pandemic that is continuously mutating”, said the RC.
“As we celebrate this very important national occasion, we need to exercise a great deal of caution and utilize all the available opportunities and facilities to get vaccinated against the virus not only to protect ourselves and our loved ones but also our very national interests,” he added.
Mr. Kianda said the preparation for the occasion has been finalized, adding that Nairobi County is privileged to host the celebrations in recognition of the significance role the city plays as a unifying factor.
“The celebrations help to expose Nairobi and International investors interested in exploring limitless investment opportunities in turn benefiting the 4.9 million residents it hosts,” he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta will lead the celebrations under the theme, Pamoja Tusonge Mbele.
By Bernadette Khaduli