Machakos res­i­dents rise to Mashu­jaa oc­ca­sion

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Machakos res­i­dents did not dis­ap­point yes­ter­day when they hosted the first Mashu­jaa Day cel­e­bra­tions to be held out­side Nairobi.

Men, women, the old and the young came to celebrate, en­ter­tain and even pass a mes­sage of what the day re­ally meant to them. Not even the strict se­cu­rity ar­range­ments, the strict dead­line set for en­try into the sta­dium, the early morn­ing cold or the scorch­ing sun that fol­lowed could de­ter them from ex­press­ing their joy.

The gates were opened at 5.30am. By 8am, all the sta­dium’s 17 stands were full to ca­pac­ity. They painted the stands with their red, white, green and black at­tire, care­fully ar­ranged to de­pict the Kenyan flag. The four-hour wait for Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta was like a frac­tion of a minute to all, as they were kept happy by pol­ished groups of en­ter­tain­ers.

Po­lice marched and Air Force jets show­cased their aerial prow­ess in the Machakos airspace, giv­ing res­i­dents an ex­pe­ri­ence many have never had. Many were heard whis­per­ing, “We only see this on TV. Now we have seen it live.”

Lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment groups did not dis­ap­point. One per­for­mance by a group of pri­mary schoolchil­dren drawn from dif­fer­ent schools stood out as among the best.

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