at the newly renovated Uhuru Gardens
Madaraka Day Celebrations at the newly renovated Uhuru Gardens
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This will be President Uhuru Kenyatta's last official Madaraka Day celebration as the commander in chief of the country.

Uhuru left State House to head to the newly renovated Uhuru Gardens where the celebrations are taking place. Before he left he told his cabinet secretaries.

"This one looks different from the ones I am used to but I want to say thank you. We will look forward to all of us having a great day," he said.

Adding, "It will be my last Madaraka day.... we have worked hard together and I am confident that we have laid a firm foundation for those who will come in. Asanteni sana kwa kazi mzuri."

As such a lot of thought and preparation was put into today's celebrations.

Some were quite obvious but others were very subtle, while others showed the level of thoroughness that was put into it.

Lady sweeps the area president Uhuru Kenyatta will alight on thoroughly.
Madaraka Day Celebrations Lady sweeps the area president Uhuru Kenyatta will alight on thoroughly.

Here are 5 interesting things that happened during the Madaraka day celebrations that you may have missed.

1. Thorough sweeping of the ground next to the area where Uhuru will be alighting his motorcade that takes him around Uhuru Gardens to salute the citizens who have attended the celebrations.

Before he arrived, a lady was seen sweeping the area thoroughly.

Later, Uhuru used the same area where he alighted from his motorcade and walked to the presidential podium where he stood as the national anthem was played.

2. Sniffer dogs both big and small went through the entire grounds where the president would be walking to ensure it is safe.

3. Name tags on seats at the VVIP area. If you noticed, all the VIPs had designated sitting areas, this led to a proper sitting process with minimal confusion.

Deputy president William Ruto and first lady Rachel Ruto arrive at the newly renovated Uhuru Gardens
Madaraka Day Celebrations Deputy president William Ruto and first lady Rachel Ruto arrive at the newly renovated Uhuru Gardens

4. Different colours of sashes to denote designations and sitting positions. The inner circle of Uhuru wore golden sashes, while the VIPs and Invited guests wore sashes that had the Kenyan flag colours.

5. The uniformed forces also showcased what they are doing for mental health, something that has not been highlighted in past celebrations. This goes to show the importance that is being given to mental health and wellness.

It was also nice to see that they used new age MCs - Willy Tuva and Massawe Japanni- they introduced Trio Mio and Iyanni who performed an impressive set. 

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