MASHUJAA DAY

Clerics hold prayers at Wang'uru Stadium during final preparations for Mashujaa Day

Clerics will conduct a peace caravan across the county.

In Summary

• Entertainment groups also polished their pieces.

• The pieces that will be presented are folk dance, solo pieces, patriotic skits among others.

Final preparations for Mashujaa Day being done on October 18, 2021.
Final preparations for Mashujaa Day being done on October 18, 2021.
Image: WANGECHI WANG'ONDU

Preparations for Mashujaa Day are almost complete with final rehearsals on Tuesday.

Army, Navy and Air Force officers on Monday held dress rehearsals at Wang'uru Stadium.

They conducted a mock inspection of the guard of honour, marching past the main dais and other military routine.

Entertainment groups also polished their pieces.

The pieces that will be presented are folk dance, solo pieces, patriotic skits among others.

The national celebrations committee had previously said only a few pieces will be presented within 15 minutes.

The town is expected to come to a stand still on Wednesday as Uhuru hosts the national event with Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera as the chief guest.

Earlier in the day, Kirinyaga County Clergy Association consecrated Wang'uru Stadium.

The clerics prayed for peace.

They will also conduct a peace caravan across the county to urge residents to be on their best behaviour.

The coordinator of the association, Rev Dickson Njoroge also called for political tolerance among leaders and locals during the event.

"The political season is almost here and the political temperatures have started to gain momentum.

We therefore call on all leaders and residents to maintain peace.

In Mwea town, preparations that have been ongoing for months hit homestretch as a hive of activities intensified.

Chairman of the Mwea Business Association, Antony Mucheke, expressed  excitement over the booming business in the rice trading town.

"We appeal to guests visiting our town to promote our traders through buying their produce and promoting their services. So far we cannot complain," he said.

He also called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to lift the curfew as traders have borne the brunt of limited hours of service.

Lucas Wagitiro, the chairman of the Mwea boda boda riders association said the transport industry has reaped big during the season.

"September and October are months our businesses perfom poorly, but this Mashujaa season our businesses have boomed and we have had a lot to earn,"Wagitiro told the Star.

Erick Munene, the chair for Mwea Taxi Transport Association also called for a lifting of the curfew.