The Drama of Madaraka Day in Kenya
By Soko Directory Team / Published May 31, 2016 | 5:18 am
Tomorrow, Wednesday, is Madaraka Day, a national holiday that has been in the heart and tradition of the country for more than 50 years.
Madaraka Day is a day of unity, a day that united all Kenyans across tribes and political divides to come together and celebrate the day that we got the Madaraka to rule and lead ourselves.
This year’s Madaraka Day celebrations will be different among all others for for the first time, the President is leading the celebration outside Nairobi. This year’s celebrations are scheduled to be held in Afraha Stadium, Nakuru.
This year’s celebrations too are the only celebrations marred with confusion, political innuendos and even blood is likely to flow on Wednesday.
Throughout, from Mzee Jomo Kenyatta to President Emilio Stanley Mwai Kibaki, the Madaraka Day was a day of national importance but the importance seems to shedding away with each passing year.
Initially, before the New Constitution, the President would lead other dignitaries in Nairobi while his speech was read in eight provinces by then either by the Provincial Commissioner or a District Commissioner.
Those we the days Kenyans would wake up on the tunes of fantastic patriotic songs on our radios like “Harambee Harambee” by Daudi Kabaka and “Kenya Nchi Yangu” by Kakai Kilonzo.
With the new constitution and with the creation of Counties, the speech of the Head of State would now be read by the County Commissioner.
Tomorrow is a confused day. The opposition, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy CORD has planned to hold a separate rally at Uhuru Park from that in Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.
The police have canceled the gathering calling it illegal and Cabinet Secretary for Interior Security Joseph Nkaiseri has said that those who will attempt to hold the rally will be met with the full force of the law.
This implies that Uhuru Park ground is likely to be cordoned off by the military tomorrow and since CORD through former Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga have said that “Tutaenda Uhuru Park wapende wasipende,” blood is likely to flow again.
The opposition postponed its weekly protests for one Monday to give way to what they termed as dialogue but it seems the ruling party has not shown interest to engage them and are, therefore, planning to hit the streets on Monday 6th.
If those who fought for the independence of this nation resurrected today and saw what is happening, they will surely die a second death.
The political wind in Kenya has changed and businesses are being affected with most business people saying they will not open their businesses tomorrow for the fear of looters like the way it happened during the second Monday of the demonstrations.
As the political showdown goes down tomorrow, Soko Directory team would like to wish a happy and fulfilling Madaraka Day.
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