The Historic Kirigiti stadium that was recently refurbished to international standards will for the first time host this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations.
The Ksh 600 million upgrade program that was fully funded by the government was commissioned two years ago by immediate sports cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed and former Kiambu governor James Nyoro.
Organizers of the national event chaired by Mr. Rafael Gitari, told KNA in an interview that the venue was set to host the celebrations at the new stadium with a sitting capacity of 16000 people.
He said the new Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi and a host of other dignitaries including current and former members of parliament are expected to grace the occasion that attracts senior citizens as the nation celebrates her heroes.
“This being a new government and everything we definitely expect big numbers as people want to experience the new 16,000-seater facility and are also eager to hear what the new governor has to say about what his new administration has in store for them” says Gitari.
Gitari was however categorical that the door was open to all and that there will be no restrictions or letters of invitations at the national event since it was a public affair but assured residents that security was beefed to avert possible threats at the venue.
“There will be no time restrictions as the venue and the gates will be open as early as 7:00 am in the morning and anybody who wants to get the best seat is welcome to come as early as possible”
Residents interviewed expressed optimism that the new county boss would lay out the plan he highlighted in his manifesto during the campaigns to ensure that the living standards of the porr and vulnerable
A 32-year-old John Ndegwa who sells pineapple at Kangangi Market after his music career flopped said he was hopeful the “hustler government” would make good their promise under the “Bottom-Up “economic theory to support small business holders.
Similar expectations were also echoed by 38-year-old, Justin Mwangi who runs a retail shop in Kiambu town but decried the high cost life and hopes the rising prices of basic commodities would be addressed to make live bearable to the common man.
Jane Muchoya, a 45-year-old green grocer however had opted to stay away from the festivities and fanfare claiming she had nothing to celebrate about because the life was hard and she had bills to pay.
But the single mother of two was enthusiastic about the proposed Hustler Fund Loans programme set to be rolled out by December saying such initiatives could make a difference.
By KNA Team