President William Ruto presided over the 60th Jamhuri Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi on Sunday, December 12, 2023. The event, whose theme was “Connect, Innovate and Inspire”, was attended by thousands of Kenyans, as well as dignitaries from across the region and the world.
In his speech, President Ruto hailed the achievements and progress made by Kenya since becoming a republic in 1964. He cited the improvement in literacy, life expectancy, health, education, security and infrastructure as evidence of Kenya’s self-reliance and resilience. He also praised the role of technology and innovation in transforming the country’s economy and society.
President Ruto also outlined his vision for the next decade, which he said would be guided by the Kenya Kwanza manifesto that he campaigned on. He promised to fulfil his pledges on creating jobs, fighting corruption, empowering the youth and women, strengthening devolution, enhancing social justice and promoting regional integration. He urged Kenyans to unite and work together to achieve these goals.
The president also paid tribute to the former president Uhuru Kenyatta, who retired earlier this year after serving two terms. He thanked him for his leadership and mentorship, and for handing over power peacefully and democratically. He also acknowledged the presence of other former presidents, including Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, as well as the opposition leaders and members of parliament.
The Jamhuri Day celebrations also featured cultural performances, military parades, awards and honors, and a fly-past by the Kenya Air Force. The event was broadcast live on various media platforms, and attracted millions of viewers online. The president also launched a commemorative stamp and coin to mark the occasion.
The Jamhuri Day, which means “Republic Day” in Swahili, is celebrated every year on December 12 to commemorate the day Kenya became a republic in 1964, after gaining independence from Britain in 1963. It is one of the most important national holidays in the country, and a symbol of patriotism and pride.