Preparations for this year’s Madaraka Day Celebrations to be held in Embu have entered homestretch as the military conducted the first rehearsal on Friday.
KDF Deputy Commander Construction Engineers Brigade, Col. Maurice Owende, said two more drills are expected to be conducted on May 19 and 24 before the main event slated for June 1.
It was a sight to behold for hundreds of Embu Town residents who lined up outside Moi Stadium fence that will play host to the national celebrations to watch the parade march.
The stadium has been under renovation for the last three months at a cost of Sh300 million by Modern Precast K. Ltd. under the supervision of KDF.
About 90 percent of work on the 8, 700 seat capacity stadium according to Col. Owende was complete. He added they were confident the remaining portions will be completed by May 20 which is the due delivery date.
He noted that they had been able to enhance the capacity of the stadium by making use of the open spaces where tents will be erected to stretch the capacity to over 10, 000.
The officer said the remaining works included finishes on the VIP dais and public terraces as well as electrical installations that they were confident will be concluded soon.
He said the pitch where the parade will be conducted was up to the mark with popup irrigation system having been fitted to regularly water and maintain the grass.
“We are satisfied with both the quality and pace of work and hope that by 20th May, we should be ready to host Madaraka Day event,” said Owende.
By Samuel Waititu