Mashujaa Day History
Mashujaa Day – Heroes’ Day – (Mashujaa is Swahili name for Hero) is a national day in Kenya, which is observed on 20 October as a public holiday to collectively honour all those who contributed towards the struggle for Kenya’s independence or positively contributed in the post independence Kenya.
It was known as Kenyatta Day before the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution, which was celebrated to commemorate the detention in Kapenguria of freedom fighters Achieng’ Oneko, Bildad Kaggia, Fred Kubai, Jomo Kenyatta, Kung’u Karumba and Paul Ngei, often referred to as the Kapenguria Six.
Mashujaa Day Celebrations
In Kenya, this day has always been celebrated mainly in Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium since independence but in the advent of devolution as espoused in the 2010 Constitution, the celebrations will first be held in Machakos County in 2016 and in other counties in later years.
Mashujaa Day Awards
As the name suggests, this is a day to honour our colonial heroes and heroines and also the present day heroes and heroines. The Kenya Heroes Act, 2014 stipulates that a National Heroes Council will be formed to enlist the eligible heroes and heroines to be awarded during the Mashujaa day Celebrations.
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Mashujaa Day Quotes
1. “It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.” Mashujaa Day Njema!
2. “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. So lets fight for Kenya… Happy Mashujaa Day!”
3. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Happy Mashujaa Day”
4. “Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. Mashujaa Day Njema”
5. “During this Mashujaa Day, lets remember that; for to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
6. Remember this during this Mashujaa Day Celebrations, “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
7. “Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.” Let this fact trouble your mind and heart this Mashujaa Day.
8. Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature’s God, not from government. Happy Mashujaa Day!
9. “Liberties aren’t given, they are taken.” This is the lesson we learn during Mashujaa Day
10. “I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said, ‘I want to be let alone!’ There is all the difference.” Lets remind our government this during this Mashujaa Day.
11. “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.” Happy Mashujaa Day
12. “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” Lets be ourselves because we are reminded of our freedom this Mashujaa Day
13. “I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.” Mashujaa Day Njema
14. “If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.” Happy Mashujaa Day
15. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” Lets demand for our right to a corruption free Kenya this Heroes Day
16. “I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.” Happy Mashujaa Day!
17. “It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting bush-fires of freedom in the minds of men.” Wishing you a happy Mashujaa Day
18. “We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless. Wishing you a happy Mashujaa Day
19. “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.” Wishing you a happy Mashujaa Day
20. Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Happy Mashujaa Day!
21. He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. Wishing you a happy Mashujaa Day
22. This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Lets be like our independence Mashujaa Heroes.
Mashujaa Day Joke in Kenya
I’ve been unfaithful to you three times during these 50 years
An elderly couple was having dinner one evening when the husband reached across the table, took his wife’s hand in his and said, “Martha, soon we will be married 50 years, and there’s something I have to know. In all of these 50 years, have you ever been unfaithful to me?”
Martha replied, “Well Henry, I have to be honest with you. Yes, I’ve been unfaithful to you three times during these 50 years, but always for a good reason.
Henry was obviously hurt by his wife’s confession, but said, “I never suspected. Can you tell me what you mean by ‘good reasons?’”
Martha said, “The first time was shortly after we were married, and we were about to lose our little house because we couldn’t pay the mortgage.
Do you remember that one evening I went to see the banker and the next day he notified you that the loan would be extended?”
Henry recalled the visit to the banker and said, “I can forgive you for that. You saved our home, but what about the second time?”
Martha asked, “And do you remember when you were so sick, but we didn’t have the money to pay for the heart surgery you needed? Well, I went to see your doctor one night and, if you recall, he did the surgery at no charge.”
“I recall that,” said Henry. “And you did it to save my life, so of course I can forgive you for that. Now tell me about the third time.”
“Alright,” Martha said. “So do you remember when you ran for president of your golf club, and you needed 73 more votes?”