This year´s Mashujaa Day celebrations will be graced by 3000 guests at the Gusii Stadium in Kisii County which has a capacity to host over 25,000 people in a bid to control the spread of Covid-19 disease.
Speaking at the venue during an inspection exercise on Monday, Principal Secretary Ministry of Interior and National Coordination Karanja Kibicho said this will ensure adherence to the social distancing rule and other protocols by the Ministry of Health to contain spread of the global pandemic.
Kibicho said huge screens will be mounted in various locations within Kisii town from where people will watch the celebrations live but the stadium will host the main event which will be graced by the head of state President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He said members of the committee who had visited to view the progress of the preparedness of the venue were satisfied with the progress.
Kisii County is well on track to hosting this year's Mashujaa Day celebrations. We are now wrapping up the finishing touches at the Gusii Stadium ahead of the big day to ensure the event is a major success story the residents will identify with under the prevailing circumstances. pic.twitter.com/9S6PHeJUE2
— Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho (@Karanjakibicho) October 12, 2020
Kibicho observed that there will be minimal activities contrary to the norm during this year’s celebrations.
The event is the first major public event in the country after the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic in March that forced government to ban public events to contain the deadly virus that has ravaged the world.
Kisii County Governor James Ongwae said Kisii County is honoured to host the event and that preparations were on top gear.
Mashujaa Day is celebrated annually on October 20 to honour those who contributed towards the struggle for independence.
Mashujaa is Swahili word for Heroes and as such, Mashujaa Day is also known as Heroes Day.