Kenya remembers Jomo Kenyatta, 39 years after his death

President Uhuru Kenyatta led the nation in commemorating the 39th anniversary of the death of the country’s founding father, the first president of the republic Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

The  head  of state highlighted key milestones in the country’s objective  leadership since independence, lauding the state of democracy achieved  and asking all leaders to tread a similar path if the efforts of those who fought for the country’s sovereignty was to count towards the  wholesome growth of the nation.

As has been custom the first stop was at the Mausoleum in parliament precincts for a session presided over by religious leaders where the head of state was accompanied by close family among them first lady Margaret Kenyatta, his mother and wife of the late Jomo Kenyatta-Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

Deputy president William Ruto was also present at the event.

The family members would lay a wreath on the burial chamber as per protocol as renditions by the Kenya Army band filled the air, followed by wreaths by senior government officials.

A memorial service was held at the St. Stevens church, where the president urged for deeper commitment to the concept of democracy.

In the service also attended by a number of newly elected leaders such as Nairobi governor elect Gideon Mbuvi aka Mike Sonko and Kiambu governor elect Ferdinand Waititu.

Deputy President William Ruto in his speech observed that the ‘monster’ of ethnicity that drew its power from divisive politics was slowly dying at this time when politics instead focused on development issues.

 

 

  

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