Kenyatta Flags Off Kenya @50 Celebrations

price geneva; font-size: small;”>Speaking during the event at State House Nairobi, nurse President Kenyatta said the celebrations will help in uniting Kenyans and enable them to focus on the kind of Kenya they would like to see for the next 50 years.

“I strongly believe this is a significant moment to bring Kenyans together,” the President said.

The flag will be passed on to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) offcials who will hoist it at the Batian Hill, one of the highest peaks of Mount Kenya at midnight on December 12.

He said the exercise the Kenyan athletes and the KWS officers were embarking on was not only symbolic but also a national endeavour that will be remembered for many years to come.

“We once again plan to hoist our national flag on Mount Kenya to celebrate 50 years of our independence and in many ways a new beginning for our republic,” he said.


Noting that Mzee Kisoi Munyao, who hoisted the Kenyan flag on Mount Kenya at independence did not manage to reach the Batian peak, the President expressed confidence that the KWS team will succeed this time.

“Given the progress we have made over the last 50 years, I am sure you will succeed in placing the national flag at the Batian peak and we will all be watching you from the Uhuru Gardens as you carry out this important task on December 12,” the President told the athletes and KWS officers.

Sports, Culture and the Arts Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario said the celebrations to mark 50 years of the country’s independence offered an opportunity for Kenyans to interrogate their past, look at the present and reflect on the future records as the national flag will be hoisted on the Batian peak of Mount

Athletics Kenya Vice-President Jack Tuwei said his organization is pleased to be associated with the significant event which marks the birth of the

“Indeed we have gathered some of our top athletes led by our veterans to join you and the whole nation on this occasion,” the Athletics Kenya Vice-President said.

He thanked President Kenyatta for supporting the sports federation, saying the President’s visit to Moscow during the World Championships was a turning point in the country’s history of athletics.

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