The National Celebrations Committee says requisite plans are in place to ensure Masinde Muliro Stadium in Bungoma County is ready for this year’s Madaraka Day celebration.
Focusing on the theme ‘Promoting Agriculture and Food Security, work on Masinde Muliro Stadium in Kanduyi, has been intensified to ensure it is ready to host this year’s Madaraka Day celebrations slated for June 1st.
The committee, led by the Ministry of Interior and National Administration Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo, was informed that phase one, with a 4000-seating capacity, is complete, and phase two, which entails an additional 4 sitting terraces with a capacity of 20,000 persons, is on course and will be completed by March this year.
The scope for phase two includes the construction of nine guard houses and ticketing booths, the drilling of a borehole for the supply of water, the provision of ramps for Persons with Disability at all key points, and the construction of an additional four ablution blocks under the terraces.
Madaraka Day is marked annually on June 1 to commemorate the day Kenya achieved internal self-governance from British rule. In 2024, it falls on a Saturday.
The national celebrations, devolved in 2016 by retired President Uhuru Kenyatta, have counties hosting two of the three annual national holidays on a rotational basis aimed at boosting national cohesion and integration.
Previously, Nairobi hosted all national holiday celebrations, and currently retains one, Independence Day on December 12th, otherwise known as Jamhuri Day. The first Madaraka Day fete outside Nairobi was held in Nakuru County.