MASHUJAA DAY

Preparations for Kirinyaga to host Mashujaa Day hit homestretch

The stadium is expected to be handed over to the state for final preparations on Friday.

In Summary

•PS noted that security will be beefed up around Mwea town and the entire Kirinyaga county.

•He said that the government will not bar locals particularly those from Mwea from undertaking their normal activities as long as they abide by the guidelines issued.

Interior principal secretary Karanja Kibicho in the company of national celebrations committee members addressing the press at the Wang'uru stadium after the committee inspected the stadium and the state of preparations in readiness for Mashujaa event.
Interior principal secretary Karanja Kibicho in the company of national celebrations committee members addressing the press at the Wang'uru stadium after the committee inspected the stadium and the state of preparations in readiness for Mashujaa event.
Image: WANGECHI WANG'ONDU

With Mashujaa Day around the corner, preparations in Kirinyaga are 90 per cent complete.

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho has said that preparations have entered the final phase with Wang'uru stadium 95 percent complete and beautification and infrastructural renovation in Kerugoya mini state lodge 98 per cent complete.

The stadium is expected to be handed over to the state for final preparations on Friday.

Kibicho said that Mwea town, which will host the event will also undergo branding , with billboards bearing messages welcoming the president erected by Wednesday.

He noted that the billboard scuffle that had erupted earlier in the week after the removal of some signs belonging to Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici have since been resolved.

"By Wednesday 6pm, all the billboards will be up. We have agreed to only put up two categories of billboards across the town; one bearing the president's image and the other, the governor's image to represent the county."

Speaking to the press in Wang'uru stadium, Kibicho also said that invitation cards have since been dispatched to all guests.

He urged locals who have not been invited to the stadium to follow the proceedings from home to avert the spread of Covid-19 .

"We can only allow a maximum of 2,000 Kenyans into the stadium, so we continue appealing to uninvited Kenyans particularly the locals, to stay at home as we will have a semi virtual event."

He said that the local county government has administered over 100,000 doses of covid jabs to residents.

Further, the PS noted that security will be beefed up around Mwea town and the entire Kirinyaga county.

He said that the government will not bar locals particularly those from Mwea from undertaking their normal activities as long as they abide by the guidelines issued.

Kibicho noted that rehearsals by various entertainment groups that will enliven the celebrations have also intensified .

Only 15 minutes will be allocated to the entertainers during the official event prior to speeches .

Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri affirmed the county government's commitment in handling its roles as he noted that the county was ready to welcome all the invited guests.