Madaraka Day Holiday this year will be celebrated differently for the first time in Kenya’s history due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic.
Kenyans will celebrate the holiday, which is slated for June 1every year, virtually as they observe the stay at home and social distancing directives from the Ministry of Health.
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho on Tuesday revealed that the government has directed all Regional Commissioners to set up systems for virtual celebrations in all 47 counties.
According to a statement signed by the PS, the virtual celebrations of this year’s Madaraka Day will be streamed live through all the media houses and social media platforms.
The celebrations will kick-start at 8 am and will end in the live address of President Uhuru Kenyatta from the State House Nairobi.
Kibicho said that the step has been taken in consideration of the measures put in place by the MoH to contain the further spread of the Covid-19.
He added that the Madaraka Day celebrations will be packed with documentaries that highlight Kenya’s culture and development milestones and also other forms of entertainment.
Before the calamity struck the country, Kisii County was scheduled to host the celebration for this year.
The county Governor James Ongwae had, earlier this year, said that his government was making final touches to the Gusii Stadium where the celebrations were supposed to take place.
According to the county boss, once complete, the previous 2500 seater stadium will be able to accommodate 2000 VIPs and have an extra 8 000 seater stands by June 1, 2020.
The 56th Madaraka Day celebrations were held at the Narok Stadium in line with a plan to have the national holidays hosted on a rational basis by counties outside Nairobi.
Kenyans have been instructed to stay at home that big day and follow the celebrations on radio, televisions and social media.