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Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016 12:47 EAT
Plans for the commemoration of the 53rd Heroes' Day, better known as Mashujaa Day, which will take place on 20th October 2016 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County, are "99 percent complete, according to top government officials who addressed the media in Machakos Town this morning.
Speaking to journalists at Gelian Hotel, the principal secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Karanja Kibicho said the outstanding arrangements for the events will be complete by Wednesday. "So far the plans for the celebrations have been successful and I want to assure Kenyans that 99 percent of the plans are underway. By Wednesday we will be 100 percent ready for the event," said Kibicho.
The celebrations are being held out of Nairobi for the first time after the introduction of a rotational programme for cities to host the events. The Machakos meetings will focus on peace, unity and development.
Kenyatta Stadium, which can accommodate up to 20,000 people, will be opened at 5:00am, and residents are expected to be settled by 8:30am, following which entertainment will start. President Uhuru Kenyatta and other state officials will be expected in the stadium from 10am and the celebrations are expected to be over by 1pm, according to the programme.
Eastern region coordinator Richard Ogalo said there will be minimum traffic interference where traffic flow has been diverted. "Motorists from Nairobi to Machakos will use the Vota-Makueni road to get to Machakos town, from Kitui they will divert through Kenol Petrol station to Katumani road to connect the Makueni-Vota road, from Kangundo and Kathiani will use the Mjini road," said Mr Ogalo.
Motorists from Nairobi will park their vehicles at Machakos Public Works grounds, those from Kitui will park at St. Marys Primary School and those from Kangundo will park at the Golf Club. Mr Ogalo has assured residents that security has been beefed up where he urged to offer maximum cooperation.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press