Parade Commander Lieutenant Colonel Meshack Singira commands the Guard of Honour during the Mashujaa Day Celebrations at Uhuru Park
Kenya Defence Forces Brass Band leads the Guard of Honour during march-on.
His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta led thousands of Kenyans in celebrations to mark Mashujaa Day on Friday 20th October 2017 at Uhuru Park Nairobi.
Mashujaa or ‘Heroes’ Day formerly known as Kenyatta Day is a special day set to reflect on the achievements made since independence and further honour, celebrate and appreciate those who contributed immensely to the struggle for freedom in Kenya.
H.E. The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces Hon Uhuru Kenyatta inspects the Guard of Honour.
The President inspected the Guard of Honour mounted by the 9th Kenya Rifles of Eldoret supported by platoons from the Kenya Air Force and the Kenya Navy. The Guard of Honour was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Meshack Kishoyan from 9th Kenya Rifles. After the inspection of the Guard of Honour contingents from several units of the Kenya Defence Forces, the National Police Service, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Kenya Forest Service, the National Youth Service, the County Council of Nairobi including the Nairobi County Fire Department and the Kenya Scouts Association marched past the dais. The icing on the cake for the parade march past was the fly past by the Kenya Air Force fighter jets. Among other various entertainment performances from different institutions and groups, the Maroon Commandos band was also there to keep the public entertained.
Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi, Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Samuel Thuita and Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at Uhuru Park.
Guard of Honour mounted by Kenya Defence Forces.
In his address, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that Mashujaa Day was an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of true heroism and how each one of us could contribute to the prosperity of this country. He added that the lessons taught by men and women who fought for the attainment of our freedom despite their underdog tags should be enough to remind us of our past and what lies ahead of us as a nation.
The President, in his speech gave particular recognition to remembering the struggles of men and women who struggled for the betterment of this country.
A Kenya Air Force contingent march past presidential dais.
“I am very pleased to lead the celebration of the 8th Mashujaa Day; a day we have set aside to remember our heroes of the past. These are men and women of courage and patriotism, who chose service over self; men and women who have sacrificed themselves in one way or the other for the sake of peace and stability of this great nation.” The president began.
“They understood their common enemy, they believed in one another, they shunned differences of tribe and tongue, and they won. These men and women endured great pain and suffering, many paid the ultimate price, and no words can express our gratitude to this generation. We can only honor them by defending the values and cause for which they stood”, said the President.
Further, the president announced the government’s plan to establish a hero’s council that will be responsible for identifying and coming up with solutions to issues of welfare and support to heroes and heroines.
Finally, the President took the opportunity to condole with the victims of Mogadishu blast attack in Somalia.
“On behalf of all Kenyans, I send my heartfelt condolences to the people of Somalia. The attack is a sobering reminder of the dangerous times we live in. I urge all Kenyans to remain vigilant and report any suspicious persons bent on undermining our security from within and without our borders”, Added the President.
He called on all Kenyans from all walks of life to embrace each other and endeavor to touch at least the heart of another Kenyan before 2017 ends, this he said is what true brotherhood means as a the Swahili adage reminds us ‘undugu ni kufaana sio kufanana’.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo receives Deputy President H.E. William Ruto.
Top among government officials led by Deputy President William Ruto as well as senior military officers joined the public in marking this very important day of history in our Kenyan calendar.
Maroon Commandos entertain guests.