His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya and the Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta inspects a guard of honour mounted by the Kenya Defence Forces at the Kinoru Stadium in Meru County.
Meru County was beautified in dazzling colours by populaces who joined the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) at the Kinoru Stadium on Friday 1st June, 2018 to celebrate Madaraka day, a time Kenyans unite to commemorate when the country attained its self-rule in the year 1963.
The fete began with the President inspecting a guard of honor mounted by the KDF steered by Lieutenant Colonel Edward Banda, the Commanding Officer 15 Kenya Rifles Battalion (15KR), assisted by the Parade Adjutant Captain John Oyamo and Parade RSM Warrant Officer Class One (WOI) Hassan Abdi.
The march past was by a Contingent of the KDF, National Police Service, Kenya Prisons Service, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, National Youth Service and the Meru County Law Enforcement Unit, and then there was an art of beauty in the skies as Kenya Air Force performed a breath taking Fly-past. The march past was concluded by the Kenya Scouts Association, Girl Guides and St John Ambulance led by Bishop Lawi Imathiu Mixed Day Secondary School Brass Band.
The President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta reminded the people of Kenya that the heroes and founders of the Nation defended the Liberty of the people from the colonialists, so that all Kenyans could come together and build a successful future.
H.E President Uhuru added that the country was once a battle ground where blood was shed, and through efforts from Kenyans flared up from all corners of the country despite their diversity, they were able to achieve independence from the colonial rulers.
“A house divided cannot stand and just like colonialism was defeated, we must also defeat anything that jeopardizes the future of our children such as corruption and unite to build a glittering Africa,” said the President.
Deputy President of South Africa David Mabuza, an invited guest at the event, said that the day Kenya attained its independence through the sacrifice of the freedom fighters was a great sign to the rest of the African continent to break away from the colonial rule and hence self-rule and governance.
In attendance were First Lady Margret Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Cabinet Secretaries led by Cabinet Secretary for Defence Amb. Raychelle Omamo, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court Hon. Justice David Maraga, Governors including the host Governor Kiraitu Murungi, Members of the National Assembly, Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathethe, Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant Genera Joseph Kasaon, Service Commanders, Senior Military Officers, members of the Diplomatic Community, Officers, Service Members and distinguished invitees.
The Cheif of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe together with the Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi, Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Samuel Thuita and Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu at the Madaraka Day 2018 celebrations in Kinoru Stadium, Meru County.
The Commanding Officer 15 Kenya Riffle and Parade Commander Lieutenant Colonel Edward Banda requests His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya and the Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta to inspect the guard of honour mounted by the Kenya Defence Forces during the 55th Madaraka Day 2018 celebrations in Kinoru Stadium, Meru County.
His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya and the Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta pays respect to the 15 Kenya Riffle Colour while inspecting a guard of honour during the 55th Madaraka day celebrations at the Kinoru Stadium, Meru County.
A Kenya Air Force platoon marches past the dias during the 55th Madaraka day celebrations at the Kinoru Stadium, Meru County.
A Kenya Navy platoon marches past the dias during the 55th Madaraka day celebrations at the Kinoru Stadium, Meru County.