Kenya Navy match past the Main Dias with their Colour during Trooping of the Colour at Nyayo National Stadium.
The President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, 12th December 2016 led Kenyans in celebrating the 53rd Jamhuri Day Celebrations, at the Nyayo National Stadium Nairobi.
While addressing the nation, the president began by sympathizing with families who had lost their loved ones during the Naivasha tragedy where a tanker transporting flammable substances exploded killing over 40 people. The president highlighted the importance of the day which is to celebrate the freedom that was hard earned from colonialists, urging Kenyans to work together in order to foster development.
The C-in-C asked citizens to honour heroes who fought for the country’s independence, noting the role played by former leaders like Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, in building the foundations of the country that citizens enjoy today.
At the same time, the President mentioned the steps the country had made in fighting disease, reducing poverty and improving education, highlighting the government’s efforts in ensuring that digital learning was implemented. Regarding the same, President Kenyatta said that the government had already trained over 80,000 teachers on the digital learning platform, a program which would roll up in the coming year, touching on children from class 1,2 and 3.
The President also promised that the government would continue injecting funds into programmes aimed at touching the less privileged, under the “Inua Jamii” Program among others. He also challenged every Kenyan to maintain peace, unity and love for one another. “Our fathers and mothers faced an empire that could import soldiers by the thousands and guns by the ton. And yet, because our fathers and mothers were united, not even the might of this empire could keep them in bondage. Have we maintained that vital unity? Have we been each other’s keepers?” he asked.
The day was characterized by amazing military displays, with the highlight being the trooping of the Colour by the Kenya Navy. Military master of ceremony Warrant Officer Class Two Gibson Mwandawiro offered the commentary as the tri-service band led the march into the stadium. Colour Officer of the day Lieutenant A Ibrahim received the Colour from the Parade RSM Warrant Officer Class One Simon Lamiri. Thereafter, the escort for the Colour trooped before the parade marched past the presidential dais in both slow and quick time. Before marching off, the parade saluted the President in three cheers, after which the parade marched off, with the Navy being escorted by two platoons each from the Kenya Army and Kenya Air Force respectively.
The Kenya Navy had earlier trooped its Presidential Colour thrice, on 10th October 1991, 12th December 2000 and 12th December 2009.
Apart from the fly past by various aircraft including the F5 Fighter Jet, Kenya Defence Forces also took the opportunity to display the newly acquired Huey II helicopters, which were recently received from the US Government.
Thereafter, the celebrations extended to State House Nairobi, where several government and military personnel were awarded medals of honour by the President. Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi received the Moran of the Golden Heart (MGH), Chief Justice David Maraga the Order of Golden Heart (OGH), Public Service chair Professor Margaret Kobia the Moran of the Golden Heart and the Controller of Budget Agnes Nangira the Chief of the Burning Spear (CBS). Others recognized by the President include Colonel Kibwana and Major Murunga from Kenya Defence Forces, World Olympics Marathon Champion Jemima Sumgong, Miriam Makeba and Lupita Nyong’o.
In attendance at Nyayo National Stadium was the President of the Republic of Togo Faure Ganssingbe, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Deputy President of Kenya William Ruto, Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, Cabinet Secretaries, Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, Service Commanders among other distinguished guests.
Chief of the Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe with the Service Commanders at Nyayo National Stadium during the Jamhuri Day celebrations.
Chief of the Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe greets Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo at Nyayo Stadium during Jamhuri Day celebrations.
Chief of the Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe welcomes Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta at Nyayo Stadium during Jamhuri Day celebrations.
President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects the Guard of Honour mounted by the Kenya Defence Forces during Jamhuri Day celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Colour Officer Lieutenant A Ibrahim takes charge of the Colour from Parade Regimental Sergeant Major Warrant Officer 1 Simeon Lamiri during Trooping of the Colour by the Kenya Navy.
Kenya Navy Troop the Colour during Jamhuri Day celebrations at Nyayo National Stadium.
A Kenya Army Platoon in slow match during the Jamhuri Day celebrations.
A Kenya Air Force Platoon in slow match during the Jamhuri Day celebrations.
Kenya Navy gives the 3 cheers salute during the Jamhuri day celebrations.
President Uhuru Kenyatta explains the fly past by Kenya Air Force planes to his counter part Faure Gnassingbe the President of the Republic of Togo during Jamhuri day celebrations.
Kenya Air Force Tucano planes display at Nyayo National Stadium during the Jamhuri day celebrations.
Kenya Air Force Huey II planes display at Nyayo National Stadium during the Jamhuri day celebrations.
Kenya Air Force helicopter displays a banner at Nyayo National Stadium during the Jamhuri day celebrations.