Machakos pre­pares to host Mashu­jaa Day on Thurs­day

This is the first time the event is be­ing hosted out­side Nairobi. Na­tional Youth Ser­vice of­fi­cers have been de­ployed to guard the event venue

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - ANDREW MBUVA @an­drewsm­buva

‘IT WILL MAKE GOV­ER­NORS CUL­TI­VATE DIS­CI­PLINE’ ‘IT IS AN HON­OUR TO HOST THE NA­TIONAL EVENT. WE WEL­COME ALL KENYANS TO MACHAKOS’

Machakos town is gear­ing up to host the Mashu­jaa Day cel­e­bra­tions.

This is the first time the Na­tional Day event is be­ing hosted out­side Nairobi.

For the last three weeks, the Keny­atta Sta­dium has un­der­gone ren­o­va­tions in prepa­ra­tion for the Thurs­day fete.

Na­tional Youth Ser­vice of­fi­cers have been pa­trolling the streets of Machakos.

The sta­dium is be­ing closely guarded by the Kenya De­fence Forces.

A sec­tion of the perime­ter wall at the sta­dium was brought down and is be­ing re­built with an arch be­ing erect- ed at the en­trance to the sta­dium.

The county com­mis­sioner’s res­i­dence is also be­ing ren­o­vated and a state lodge is un­der con­struc­tion.

The Mulu Mutisya Gar­dens have also been given a facelift, grass planted and a statute of the late Mutisya has been erected.

Po­lice and the County In­spec­torate teams have been train­ing in the Machakos Show­ground since last week.

Flow­ers on the road­side are also wa­tered daily to spruce up the town.

Yes­ter­day, Machakos Town MP Vic­tor Mun­yaka said it is an hon­our to host the na­tional event. He wel­comed all Kenyans to en­joy the hos­pi­tal­ity of Machakos res­i­dents.

He said Ukam­bani is home to free­dom he­roes in­clud­ing Paul Ngei and Muindi Mbingu, who are part of Ken- ya’s his­tory.

Ho­tel own­ers have re­ported in­creased book­ings. Gelian Ho­tel di­rec­tor Ge­of­frey Makau yes­ter­day said the ex­pects the fa­cil­ity to be booked to ca­pac­ity by Wed­nes­day.

He said the four-star ho­tel is plan­ning an en­ter­tain­ment event on the eve of Mashu­jaa Day.

Mama Sarah Obama will be among the hero­ines feted by the gov­ern­ment on Mashu­jaa Day.

Wa­ter CS Eugene Wa­malwa on Satur­day said Obama will be hon­oured for her con­tri­bu­tion to sup­port­ing or­phans and other vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

He said the father of the US Pres­i­dent, Barack Obama Senior, will fea­ture in the list of those recog­nised.

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta will host the event.

/ANDREW MBUVA

Work­ers build a wall at the Keny­atta Sta­dium in Machakos town

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