President Uhuru Kenyatta to cerebrate Madaraka Day 2016 in Afraha Stadium Nakuru
Watch the video below of the full speech of President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 2016 Madaraka Day celebrations at Afraha Staduim in Nakuru.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to mark this year’s Madaraka Day celebrations at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.
This will be the first time in Kenya’s history for Madaraka Day celebrations to be held in Nakuru town, away from the usual Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.
A senior official from Statehouse, who requested anonymity, dispelled ongoing talks in the town that the President will camp in Nakuru for the entire month of June.
However, Nakuru county commissioner Joshua Nkanatha said it is true but he is still awaiting official communication from Statehouse, about Uhuru coming to Afraha.
He said they expect Statehouse officials to this week start working on the logistics and security. Nkanatha said his team is on alert, in case it is confirmed that the President will be coming to Afraha Stadium. This will be second largest visit by Uhuru in Nakuru town after holding a thanksgiving rally at Afraha Stadium on April 16, following the termination of cases at The Hague against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang.
The Mdaraka Day celebrations in Afraha has been described as a move by Jubilee to affirm its authority in Rift Valley, after Kanu appeared to be regaining popularity. Uhuru and Ruto have been having a difficult time convincing leaders from Kalenjin to join the yet-to-be launched Jubilee Party.
During the last thanksgiving rally in Afraha Stadium, the duo was expected to launch Jubilee Party ahead of 2017 general election, but that did not happen. A second official also requested anonymity, saying: “Yes there is something like the President coming to Afraha for Madaraka Day but I wish not to talk much on the issue,” he said.
Meaning of Madaraka Day
Madaraka Day, 1 June, commemorates the day that Kenya attained internal self-rule in 1963, preceding full independence from the United Kingdom on 12 December 1963.
June 1, 1963, Jomo Kenyatta became prime minister of the newly-formed autonomous Kenyan government, seeking final reconciliation with the former British settlers. The country officially gained it’s independence on December 12, 1963.
On 1 June 1963, Kenya became a self-governing country when Jomo Kenyatta became the first prime minister.
Difference between Jamhuri Day and Madaraka Day
Many folks get Madaraka Day and Jamhuri Day mixed up, but Madaraka Day is when Kenya attained self-rule, while Jamhuri Day is when Kenya attained full-independence and became a Republic.
Madaraka day is the day we took over government and the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta became Prime Minister of Kenya. On the other had Jamhuri Day is the day Kenya became a Republic and the position of President was established. The late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta become first head of state as Queen Elizabeth gave back Kenya to Kenyan people.
Still mixed up? Let me explain. In Madaraka Day, June 1st, a position of Prime Minister was created and given to Jomo Kenyatta. This means the real powers were still with the colonial Governor Sir. Malcolm MacDonald on behalf of the Queen of England.
Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was Head of Government of Kenya and the Queen of England was the Head of State of Kenya.
On Jamhuri Day December 12th, Kenya became fully independent and the position of President was created. The powers of the Queen of England were now vested on the President of Kenya. The Queen of England ceased to have administrative powers on Kenya. Kenya became a Republic.
Jamhuri means self rule and Madaraka means Power to govern. I think you will not be confused anymore!
Madaraka Day Quotes, SMS, Messages, Wishes
“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 Madaraka Day.
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 Madaraka Day!
“Liberties aren’t given, they are taken.” This is the lesson we learn during Madaraka Day
“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 Madaraka Day.
“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.” Happy Madaraka Day
“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” Lets be ourselves because we are reminded of our freedom this Madaraka Day
“I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.” Madaraka Day Njema
“If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.” Happy Madaraka Day
“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 Madaraka Day
“I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.” Happy Madaraka Day!
“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush-fires of freedom in the minds of men.” Wishing you a happy Madaraka Day
Madaraka Day Kenya Joke
A kind-hearted Kenyan was walking through Uhuru Park after the Madaraka Day celebrations and was astonished to see an old man, fishing rod in hand, fishing over a beautiful bed of lilies.
“Tsk Tsk!” said the passerby to himself. “What a sad sight. That poor old man is fishing over a bed of flowers. I’ll see if I can help.”
The kind fellow walked up to the old man and asked, “What are you doing, my friend?”
“Fishing’, eh. Well how would you like to come have a drink with me?”
The old man stood put his rod away and followed the kind stranger to tent selling food nearby. He ordered a full chicken and chips, large glass of wine and a fine cigar.
His host, the kind fellow, felt good about helping the old man, and he asked, “Tell me, old friend, how many did you catch this morning?”
The old fellow took a long puff on the cigar, blew a careful smoke ring and replied, “You are the sixth today, sir!”
President Speech Madaraka day 2016 Video
Happy Madaraka Day Holiday!
God Bless You,
God Bless Kenya