On 20th October 2013, Kenyans from all walks of life thronged Nyayo National Stadium to mark the fourth Mashujaa Day.
Mashujaa Day, also known as Heroes’ Day, is a national day in Kenya which is observed on 20th October to honour Kenyan heroes who contributed towards the struggle for the country’s Independence. Post independence national heroes and heroines are also recognized on this day.
The President of Kenya and the Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the ceremony which also marked the launch of celebrations to mark 50 years of independence whose climax will be on 12 December 2013. The President led Kenyans to honour the heroes and Kenyans who lost their lives as a result of the Westgate terror attack.
The Mashujaa Day parade was mounted by 20 Para Battalion commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Seif Salim Rashid. Contingents from Kenya Air Force and Kenya Navy participated in the match past.
In his speech, President Kenyatta urged Kenyans to deter all forms of criminality and violence. He said that the government is vigilant, and is investing in equipping the security forces to have sufficient capacity to deter and contain all forms of violence and criminality. The president highlighted ‘Nyumba Kumi’ initiative and reminded Kenyans that security is a shared mandate. He added that the first rule of security is vigilance and said that Kenyans must start familiarizing themselves with their surroundings. He advised that Kenyans should ensure that they know at least 10 households well around where they live.
Also in attendance during the ceremony were Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb Raychelle Omamo, Chief of the Defence Forces General Julius Karangi, Service Commanders, Nairobi Governor Hon Evans Kidero, Members of the diplomatic corps and other invited guests.
The ‘Kenya at 50′ official logo was unveiled during the ceremony.