Kenyans on Friday 1st June 2012 commemorated 49 years since the country attained self rule from colonialists commonly known as Madaraka Day.
Addressing the nation from Nyayo National Stadium where a guard of honour was mounted by 3 Kenya Rifles (3KR), His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki, Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces saluted the gallant sons and daughters of the nation who were instrumental in attainment of ‘Madaraka.’ He hailed their patriotism and vision of a prosperous Kenya, free from any form of colonial bondage.
The head of State also said that Kenya marked this year’s Madaraka Day at a time when the country is facing various security threats. He singled out terrorist elements and criminal gangs that have been a threat to the lives of innocent people and property. He warned them that Kenyans will never surrender to them and that the country will not relent in taking steps that will guarantee national security.
Turning to regional matters, President Kibaki said that Kenya’s security is tied to peace and stability in neighbouring countries especially Somalia. He said that the situation in Somalia has reached a critical stage whereby in the next two months, a new Government is expected to take over from the current Transitional Federal Government. He called upon Somalia leaders, regional states as well as international partners to demonstrate full commitment and help Somalia move forward.
Present during the celebrations were cabinet Ministers and senior government officials, military officers led by the Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi, senior security officers from different security organs among other invited guests.