Kenyans seem to have lost interest in public holidays
if photos circulating online are anything to go by
– Jamhuri Day celebrations on Tuesday,December 12 were characterised with empty stadiums including in Kasarani where President Uhuru Kenyatta was hosting the event.
County Commissioners were left to address only a few people or dignitaries gathered in the stadiums as Kenya marked 54 years since its independence
from the British on December 12, 1963 on Tuesday, December 12.
Jamhuri Day regarded as Kenya’s most important day, usually marked by numerous festivities which celebrate the country’s cultural heritage
was however given a wide berth by Kenyans.
A small gathering at a stadium in Migori during Jamhuri Day
Unlike when President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in, only a few hundreds had gathered at one side of the stadium to witness the Jamhuri day celebrations.
This was not only visible in Nairobi but was also the case in several parts of the country.In other counties, County commissioners were left to address only a few people or dignitaries
gathered in the stadiums.
In an earlier report by Kenyans had
expressed their disappointment after a list said to be that of people who will be given presidential awards surfaced online.They complained that the individuals did not qualify for the Head of State Commendations Awards given that they have not done anything
monumental for the country.
The event which kicked off an hour late sparked online debate with many social media users associating the poor turn out with the political stalemate in the country.