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The 11th Annual Mashujaa Day 2020 celebrations were held at the Gusii Stadium, Kisii County. Since Kenya’s independence, the celebrations were traditionally held at the Kenya Nyayo National Stadium, in Nairobi. However, in the last seven years, following the adoption of a fresh policy by H.E. the President Uhuru Kenyatta, the celebrations have been hosted on a rotation basis by different counties, with the aim of fostering national integration and cohesion. The positive effects of this directive to individual counties are indubitably evident. It was made apparent in the radiance that Kisii county exuded right from the vibrant stadium to all the infrastructural upgrades that catch your eye as soon as you set foot in the County. It is through this directive that counties are able to showcase their uniqueness and ultimately their rich diversity. It is also a great economic boost for the counties as it brings together local and international guests requring various county services. Such events are also held concurrently across the Counties and presided over by the respective County Governors. Kisii joins the band wagon of 6 other counties to host such celebrations namely: Narok, Nyeri, Nakuru, Kakamega, Machakos and Mombasa
The 25,000-seating capacity Gusii stadium was open to approximately 3000 guests as opposed to the thousands of Kenyans that would usually join the celebrations due to the current pandemic and restriction to mitigate the same. Anyone entering the facility was tasked to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 containment measures including wearing a mask, sanitizing, and also keeping physical distance. Among the dignitaries present were H. E President Uhuru Kenyatta, first Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Deputy President Dr. William Ruto, Honorable Raila Odinga, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court, Cabinet secretaries, Excellency Governors led by the chairman H.E Wycliffe Oparanya, speaker of the National assembly, members of the diplomatic core among others.
In his remarks, the host Governor, H. E James Ongwae thanked the President for the chance to host the event saying it has opened up great opportunities for the county’. Further, he thanked the President for supporting the various projects in the county. “Your Excellency, just to mention a few projects, with your help, we have completed over 12 road projects, we have completely tarmacked the Gusii stadium which is now of International standards, the Kegati water projects is up and running and now generates 27m litres of water per day as opposed to the previous 6m litres. Complete upgrade of the energy system, establishment of the Central Bank money collection centre, creation of a passport centre and so much more are the strides we have taken with your Excellencies’ aid. Words can never suffice to express gratitude’’. He further urged the National Government to invest in soapstone mining which he said, is only found in Kisii County.
“Nationhood is a journey started by our forefathers but one that is yet to be completed’’, said the President while making his remarks. He celebrated the ancient and modern day heroes and heroines who have selflessly given themselves to bring the much needed change in our country. Those he honored include the Abagusii founding fathers who fought for Kenya’s independence, health workers who have been instrumental to the fight against covid-19, and young innovators whom he described as key drivers of the country’s development and law enforcers keeping the nation safe.
Deputy President Dr. William Ruto also recognized all the millions of ordinary Kenyans in villages, towns and cities who work with diligence, commitment, determination and integrity across various sectors of the economy.
In his remarks, the former prime Minister Honourable Raila Odinga lauded the president for the decision to have the National events celebrated in the counties. He also joined in celebrating the forefathers from the Kisii community who helped salvage the Nation from the hands of the colonialists.
As he concluded, the President urged citizens never to give up but rather audaciously pursue their dreams and be champions of positive change.

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