H. E. President Mwai Kibaki, the Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, led the nation on 12th December 2011 to mark the 48th Jamuhuri day at Nyayo National Stadium. Jamuhuri Day marks the day when Kenya attained independence from the British in 1963.
This year’s celebration was marked by ‘Trooping of the colour’ carried out by the 3rd Battalion Kenya Rifle (3KR). The parade was commanded by Lt Col Paul Mwasi. The trooping of the colour is a symbol of Battalion’s sovereign and bears battle honours and badges granted to the Regiment in commemoration of the gallant deeds performed by the members. 3KR was the first unit to be granted the ‘Regimental Colour’ in 1963 by the late President Jomo Kenyatta.
In his address to the country, President Mwai Kibaki thanked Kenyans for their continued support towards the operation in Somalia jointly undertaken by Kenyan troops and Transitional Federal Government (TFG), he further said that Kenya Defence Forces will work closely with TFG of Somalia, AMISOM, IGAD, the African Union and United Nations in finding long term solution to ensure stability of Somalia.
Also in attendance at the celebrations were Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Deputy Prime Ministers Uhuru Kenyatta and Musalia Mudavadi, Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende, Minister of State for Defence Yusuf Haji along with other cabinet Ministers, Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces General Julius Karangi, all service commanders among other dignitaries.
South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar also graced the occasion.