Only 5000 people will be allowed to access Nyayo Stadium the venue of the 57th Jamhuri day celebration to be held this Saturday.
Nairobi Regional Commissioner James Kianda says preparations to host the event have been concluded and the celebration will be marked in accordance with the Ministry of health COVID-19 protocols.
Kianda says sanitizers have been placed at the five entry points at the stadium in a move to ensure there is no transmission of the virus from one person the other.
National Youth Service has been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring everyone attending the event follows health protocols.
Speaking Friday during a media briefing on the County’s state of preparedness ahead of the celebrations that will be presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kianda explained that the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology has put in place mechanisms that will ensure the function is live and beaming for those not invited to watch on their screens.
“Ministry of ICT will link the rest of the Kenyans to the goings-on so that we all participate in this auspicious occasion for Kenyans as it reminds us of the selfless struggle and hard-earned freedom by our forefathers from the colonial masters,” he said.
He confirmed that all preparations are complete and that he expects that the celebration will help expose the city to the national and international investors interested in exploring limitless investment opportunities, in turn, building the over 4 million residents it hosts.
He appealed to all Kenyans to exercise great caution especially during the festive month and ensure that public transport follows the laid down WHO guidelines even as they travel to different parts of the country to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones.
“We have also put in place a multisectoral team that will ensure that as you move in and out of Nairobi, you are guaranteed of safety by law enforcers who will ensure public transporters stick to the guidelines,” he assured.
On Nairobi County development front, Kianda further explained that the national government through the Regional Development Implementation Coordination Committee has overseen the completion of the interchange at the Thika and Outering junction at the Allsopps area.
“The Interchange has helped ease traffic flow in the area. Other roads include Ngong road, Upper Hill-Mbagathi Link road, Ngong-Kibra-Langata road and Southern bypass link road that is 95 per cent complete,” he noted.
He further explained that the emergency upgrading of roads, water, sewerage systems and street lighting in the informal settlements in various sub-counties is ongoing.
This year’s 57th Jamhuri Day comes against a backdrop of a pandemic that has ravaged not only global economies but which has also disrupted every social sphere.
Kenya became a Republic on December 12, 1963 when supreme power was transferred to Kenyan people and their elected leaders further allowing the establishment of our own systems of governance.
Previous national holidays this year have been graced by limited guests to control the spread of Covid-19 disease.
“The Nyayo National Stadium is all set at for tomorrow’s Jamhuri Day celebrations. Right from security to COVID-19 protocols, we have satisfactorily planned for everything and nothing has been left to chance” said Principal Secretary, State Department for Interior Dr.Karanja Kibicho.